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According to the CDC, abortion rates declined slightly in 2020. Most were performed within 9 weeks

According to new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, both the rate and number of abortions reported in the US decreased by 2% between 2019 and 2020.

Each year, the CDC requests data on abortion from all 50 US states and other jurisdictions. Researchers then compare this data with census and birth data. Wednesday’s latest findings were released. The latest results were published Wednesday. They showed that there were 615911 abortions in 2020. This is a decrease of 625,346 abortions in 2019. These areas saw an increase in abortion rates from 2019 to 2020, from 11.4 per 1000 women aged 15 to 44 to 11.2 for 1,000 women.

Between 2011 and 2020, the number of abortions reported fell by 15% and the abortion rate dropped by 18%.

From 2011 to 2020, the abortion ratio (the number of abortions per live birth) also fell. It did increase slightly between 2019-2020, however, because total births fell in the first year after the Covid-19 pandemic.

In 2020, more than 80% of abortions were performed at or before 9-week gestation and 93% at or before 13-week gestation.

Missouri’s 2020 abortion rate was 0.1 per 1000 women. DC had the highest abortion rate at 23 per 1000. More than half of all abortions were performed by women in their 20s. Women aged 40 or older and adolescents below 15 years old had the lowest rates of abortions.

In 2020, Black and White women had the highest rates of abortion at 32.7%, 39.2%, and respectively, 39.2%. Around 13.7% of women who had an abortion were married

The CDC also reported four abortion-related deaths for 2019, which was the most recent year data were available. All of them were related to legal abortions.

Researchers noted that there may have been some changes in the practice and clinic closings due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Reduced sexual activity might have caused changes in the rates of pregnancy.

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