As per the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, the U.S. pregnancy and abortion rates reached historic low, continuing the downward year-by-year trend.
According to the agency’s newest report, the findings are in line with other statistics highlighting birth rates in the U.S. Since 2007, the U.S. has experienced a continuous drop in birth rates. The only time in the 2000s when the birth rate was higher was in 2014. Taken together, these numbers pinpoint the reproductive trends currently experienced in the U.S.
According to Sally Curtin with the National Center for Health Statistics, while birth rates and abortion rates have been amply treated separately, the need for a report to treat them together has become increasingly more obvious. With abortion rates included in the larger picture:
“You can see that in a given year, the numbers of abortions, which is 1.1 million, is about the same as fetal loss. It used to be very different. If you look back, the number of abortions in 1976 was almost twice that”,
stated Sally Curtin.
The pregnancy rates have decreased in 201 to 98.7 per 1,000. The rate is consistent with a 15 percent decrease from the peak point registered in 1990 – 115.8 per 1,000. The estimated number of pregnancies in the U.S. in 2010 is 6.155 million. According to the CDC report, this is the lowest point registered by the agency since 1986. The 6.155 million pregnancies resulted in 3.399 million live births. In addition, 1.103 million induced abortions were almost on the same level with the 1.053 million fetal losses.
The U.S. pregnancy and abortion rates reached historic low according to the CDC report. As such, the abortion rate in 2010 was also calculated at 17.7 per 1,000. The rate represents a 35 percent drop from the rate calculated in 1990.
According to the same report, the highest pregnancy rates during this period were registered in the age group 25 to 29 years old. For this age group, the pregnancy rate was 157.1 per 1,000 women. The second highest pregnancy rates (144.6 per 1,000 women) was registered in the age group 20 to 24 years old. Still, both pregnancy rates were on a decline compared to 1990, with 12 percent and 27 percent drops.
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