Abortions in the United States have increased for the first time in 30 years, according to Guttmacher

After a 30-year decline, abortions in the United States increased by nearly 8% from 2017 to 2020, according to new data from abortion rights group Guttmacher Institute.

In 2020, there were 930,160 abortions in the United States, compared to 862,320 abortions in 2017, according to the survey released Wednesday. Abortion rate declining steadily since peak in 1981, long before restrictive laws in various states limited access to abortion in certain areas. Experts said access to better birth control was a major reason for the previous decline.

The survey results come as the country awaits a Supreme Court ruling that will likely overturn Roe v. Wade this month. A draft opinion from Associate Judge Samuel Alito, leaked to Politico in early Maysaid the court’s conservative wing is considering overturning the landmark ruling, which could trigger bans or more restrictions in at least half of US states.

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The Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research and policy organization, surveys all known facilities offering abortions in the United States every three years and uses this information, along with US Department of Health data. state, to collect facts on the total number of abortions, he said.

The survey found that the abortion rate rose from 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 in 2017 to 14.4 per 1,000 women, an increase of almost 7%.

The study also found that in 2020, 1 in 5 pregnancies ended in abortion, increasing the abortion rate – the number of abortions per 100 pregnancies – from 18.4% in 2017 to 20.6. % in 2020, an increase of 12%.

Meanwhile in 2020, birth rates fell 4% , the largest single-year decline in nearly 50 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since then, births in the United States have increased slightly in 2021, but the number of babies born was even weaker than before the coronavirus pandemicfederal officials said

At least 26 states are likely to move quickly to ban abortion if the court’s conservative majority overturns federally protected abortion rights. Of these, 13 have “trigger laws” that would take effect immediately or through prompt state action if Roe no longer applies, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

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Abortion rates and trends varied widely from state to state between 2017 and 2020, and there were no clear patterns as to why some rose or fell, the survey noted.

Factors such as expanded Medicaid coverage for abortionthe trump administration restrictions on Title X fundingthe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the expansion of local and state funds for abortion may have had different impacts in different states, according to the institute.

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