U.S. Abortion Rate Continues to Decline, Improvements in Contraceptive Use Credited

Guttmacher Institute, January 17, 2017

For the first time since 1975, the number of abortions in the United States dropped under one million (958,700 in 2013 and 926,200 in 2014). The abortion rate also continued to decline.

Improved contraceptive use in recent years has led to a decline in the U.S. unintended pregnancy rate, suggesting that women are increasingly able to plan their pregnancies and therefore have a decreased need for abortions.