The abortion rate among American women dropped to 1.1 million in 2011, a 13% decline from 1.21 million in 2008 and the lowest level since the procedure became legal in 1973.
New York Times: “Resuming a long-term downward trend that stalled in the middle of the last decade, the 2011 rate was far below the peak, in 1981, of 29.3 per thousand, according to the report from the Guttmacher Institute.”
“But the decline in abortions, the researchers said, appears in part to reflect the growing use, especially among younger women, of nearly foolproof long-term contraceptives like intrauterine devices. It may also reflect the impact of the recession and economic uncertainty, which can lead to fewer pregnancies, births and abortions.”
“The authors concluded that anti-abortion laws had only a minimal impact [but added] ‘some of the new regulations undoubtedly made it more difficult, and costly, for facilities to continue to provide services and for women to access them.’”