The abortion rate of Georgia has been on the decline over the past quarter century, decreasing by nearly 20 percent, according to a report by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
In an article published Tuesday, Maya T. Prabhu of the Journal Constitution examined the Georgia Department of Public Health’s vital statistics database.
According to the reported figures, in 1994 there were approximately 33,500 abortions or a rate of 13.7 abortions per 1,000 females between the ages of 10 and 55. In 2017, however, the number was approximately 27,453 abortions or a rate of 8.3 per 1,000 females.
This decline occurred even as the population of Georgia increased from approximately 7 million people in 1994 to around 10.4 million in 2017, according to Prabhu.
The pro-choice research organization the Guttmacher Institute also published a fact sheet noting a decline in the abortion rate of Georgia in recent years.
“There was a 7% decline in the abortion rate in Georgia between 2011 and 2014, from 16.8 to 15.7 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age. Abortions in Georgia represent 3.6% of all abortions in the United States,” explained Guttmacher.
Guttmacher also noted that this trend of decline happened as “more states become hostile to abortion rights,” noting that states across the country passed 338 new abortion restrictions between 2010 and 2016.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski