abortions at lowest rate since 1974
The number of abortions in the United
States dropped to 1.2 million in 2005, the lowest level since 1974
and down 25 percent from the all-time high of 1.6 million in 1990,
according to report issued Thursday by the Guttmacher Institute.
The institute's president, Sharon
Camp, noted that despite the decline, more than one in five
pregnancies ended in abortion in 2005.
Abortion rates were highest in
Washington, D.C., New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Florida, Maryland
and California. Rates were lowest in largely rural states: Wyoming,
Kentucky, Mississippi, South Dakota, Idaho and Utah.
By region, the Northeast had the
highest abortion rate, followed by the West, the South and the
Source: AP, Jan.