The abortion rate in the U.S. dropped significantly in 1995, continuing a pattern of steady decline, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The most recent statistics show that the proportion of women of child-bearing age having abortions dropped 5 percent from the previous year, and 20 percent since 1980.
Lisa Koonin, author of the report, said more effective use of contraception was the major factor contributing to the decline, but also cited changes in attitudes toward abortion and the decreasing availability of abortion as fewer and fewer doctors choose to perform abortions.
The annual number of abortions in the U.S. peaked at more than 1.4 million in 1990, but had dropped to 1.21 million in 1995, the most recent year for which figures are available.
— E.P. News