Guttmacher report finds teen abortion rate in 2011 lowest since abortion legalized

By Dave Andrusko

Guttmacherrates4I just came across this report from the Guttmacher Institute, released today, so this post will be short with a more in-depth follow up tomorrow.

The headline is hugely encouraging, and in line with other data both from Guttmacher and from the Centers for Disease Control: “U.S. Teen Pregnancy, Birth and Abortion Rates Reach the Lowest Levels in Almost Four Decades.”

The unfortunate part–beyond that there are any abortions at all–is found in the subhead. That while “Rates Declined Dramatically in All States and Among All Racial and Ethnic Groups,” the decline is less so for racial minorities.

In 2011, the abortion rate for teenager s (15-19) was 13.5/1,000 women, the lowest since abortion was legalized in 1973. The peak was in 1988–44/1,000–meaning a decrease of 69%.

The teenage pregnancy rate–52.4/1,000– was the lowest in more than 30 years, according to Guttmacher.

The teenage birthrate–31.3/1,000–was roughly half the 1991 high point of 61.8/1,000, according to the report [www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2016/us-teen-pregnancy-birth-and-abortion-rates-reach-lowest-levels-almost-four-decades].

As noted above, there were major “disparities” vis a vis different demographic groups.

“The birthrate in 2011 for non-Hispanic white teenagers (21.7) was less than half that among non-Hispanic black teenagers (47.2) and Hispanic teenagers (49.6). The abortion rate for non-Hispanic black teenagers (32.6) was almost four times that for non-Hispanic whites (8.5) and more than two and half times that for Hispanics (12.7).”

As we reported last November, the CDC, reporting on figures for 2012, recorded its lowest abortion total since 1973.

We will have a full analysis tomorrow.