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Abortion rate drops among young U.S. teens.

Type
Published Article
Journal
Family planning world
Publication Date
Volume
1
Issue
2
Pages
20–20
Identifiers
PMID: 12284515
Source
Medline
Keywords
  • Abortion Rate
  • Abortion, Induced--Statistics
  • Adolescent Pregnancy
  • Americas
  • Demographic Factors
  • Developed Countries
  • Economic Factors
  • Educational Status--Women
  • Family Planning
  • Fertility
  • Fertility Control, Postconception
  • Fertility Measurements
  • North America
  • Northern America
  • Population
  • Population Dynamics
  • Reproductive Behavior
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Socioeconomic Status
  • Summary Report
  • United States
  • Unwanted Births
  • Wanted Births

Abstract

A Centers for Disease Control report found that the number of number of girls under 15 to have abortions has fallen to its lowest level since the legalization of abortion. For the age group, 949 abortions took place for every 1,000 live births in 1988, compared to 1,408/1,000 in 1980. Contrary to potential assumptions, however, figures indicate no decline in the teenage pregnancy rate. The pregnancy rate for teens under 15 in fact climbed over the period 1980-87, from 15.9/1000, to 18.6/1000. These findings indicate, therefore, that increasing numbers of young teens have opted for childbirth instead of abortion. The actual number of abortions among young girls has actually remained fairly constant. Almost 1.4 million legal abortions were performed in 1988, up 1% from the 1987 level. Better educated women tended to have abortions earlier, while women completing high school were more likely overall to have an abortion.

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