Updated statistics from the Guttmacher Institute this week reveal that the incidence of abortion among different demographic groups in the United States has changed significantly from 2008, reports Steph Herold. “If the 2014 rates continue, about one in four US women will have had an abortion by age 45. This is a significant change from the 2008 statistic of one in three,” notes Herold.
Young women, age 20 to 29 and women of color still make up the majority of abortion patients.
Though it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact reasons for the decline, researchers suggest that “marked improvements in contraceptive use, particularly long-acting reversible contraception.”
In addition, the rise of state-based abortion restrictions could have also kept women from accessing care and the procedure.