The number and rate of abortions tallied by federal authorities have fallen to their lowest level in decades, according to new data released Wednesday.
The latest report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, incorporating data from 47 states, said the abortion rate for 2013 was 12.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years. That's half the rate recorded in 1980.
The last time the CDC recorded a lower rate was 1971, two years before a Supreme Courtruling extending abortion rights nationwide.Even if you aren't pro-life, this is good news. Abortion is an expensive and medically poor form of birth control.