Contrary to what Senator Obama said at the Saddleback Civil Forum. The Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit group that focuses on reproductive issues, published its findings in the March 2008 issue of the Institute’s journal, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.
The actual number of abortions dropped to a new low, with 1.2 million abortions in 2005, compared to a high of 1.6 million abortions in 1990.
The report does not include an analysis of why the levels have continued to decline. “We don’t regard [the findings] as good or bad,” Jones said. “It’s a descriptive study.”
The abortion rate for 2005 was 19.4 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44. In comparison, the rate was 29.3 abortions per 1,000 women in 1981, 21.3 abortions per 1,000 women in 2000, and 19.7 abortions per 1,000 women in 2004.