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Abortion Declined in US During Pandemic From Drop in Teen Rates

Nov. 23, 2022, 6:00 PM

The number of abortions reported to the US Centers for Disease Control fell once again in 2020, extending a decade-long downward trend, largely driven by a decrease in rates among teens.

There were 620,327 abortions reported to the CDC in 2020, a 2% decline from the year before, according to data released Wednesday. The temporary designation of abortion as a non-essential service in the early days of Covid-19, clinic closures and decreased sexual activity because of the pandemic may have played a role, the CDC said.

Abortion rates have been falling for all age groups over the last decade, but adolescents have seen the ...