Number of abortions increase for the first time in 30 years in the United States

The number of abortions performed in the United States increased between 2017 and 2020, reversing a 30-year trend, according to figures released today.

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The Guttamcher Institute, a research group that advocates for abortion rights, said its data showed 930,160 abortions were performed in 2020, an 8% increase from the 862,320 performed in 2017, the lowest number since 1973, when the Supreme Court federalized the right to abortion with its decision Roe v Wade.

The statistics were released following the leak last month of a draft opinion by Judge Samuel Alito. A final decision on the matter is expected later this month.

The report also noted that while there were nearly four times as many births (3.6 million) as abortions (930,000) between 2017 and 2020, the US saw a 6% decline in births over the same period, which which means that fewer people became pregnant and a higher proportion of those chose to abort.

The number of abortions increased in all four regions of the country, with the largest increase (12%) in the West, followed by the Midwest (10%), the South (8%), and the Northeast (2%).


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