The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Wednesday that their most recent data shows a drop in abortion stats resulting in the lowest total abortion number, rate, and ratio to live births in the U.S. since the CDC began tracking them in 1969.
Data from 2016, the most recent year for which they have information, shows two percent fewer abortions occurring than the previous year. The downward trend in abortions has been ongoing for nearly a decade: American women are having 24 percent fewer abortions since 2007.
Of the racial data available, 38 percent of those abortions were by black women, while 35 percent were from white women. Well over half of abortive women were in their twenties. Teen abortions were comparatively rare; about one-third of one percent of reported abortions were carried out by teenagers.
While effective at following general trends, the study is incomplete as it excludes California, Maryland, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia. In the states studied, there were 623,471 total abortions reported.