Delivery Decline

In 2018, there were 3,853,472 births, the lowest level in 30 years, and the fertility rate was 60.2/1,000 women aged 15-44, a record low. For those 15-19, there were 18.8 births/1,000, another record low. As for abortions, in 2013, 958,700 were performed, the first time since 1975 they fell below one million. There were 926,200 in 2014, the latest year for which data are available. Falling unintended pregnancies are why.

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