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Abortion rate falls, but 860,000 babies still killed

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/18/19, 12:02 pm

In 2017, the number of babies who died from abortion hit its lowest since the practice was legalized in 1973. Though the abortion rate has decreased across the country, the total still reached more than 860,000, according to a report released Wednesday by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute. The number of abortions peaked in 1990 at 1.6 million.

Did abortions decrease in every state? According to the report, the abortion rate increased in five states and the District of Columbia between 2011 and 2017. The District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York registered the most abortions, while the fewest babies were killed in Idaho, Kentucky, Missouri, South Dakota, and Wyoming. The number of abortion facilities also dropped during that time, from 839 to 808.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report in Vitals about an effort in Congress to protect abortion survivors.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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