Abortions Decline 12% in U.S. Since 2010

In nearly every state, regardless of its political leanings, abortions have declined since 2010, according to an Associated Press survey. States that have passed stringent anti-abortion laws in that time—Indiana, Missouri, and Oklahoma—have seen numbers drop more than 15 percent since 2010, but so have liberal states with unrestricted access like New York, Washington, and Oregon. Nationwide, the procedure has decreased roughly 12 percent since 2010. Factors cited include declines in teen pregnancy rates, which have hit their lowest in decades. Abortion-rights activists also say that expanded access to contraceptives have prevented unwanted pregnancies.