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US abortion rate drops to lowest level in decades

Pro-choice advocates and anti-abortion advocates rally outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Pro-life advocates are celebrating a new government report that reveals a drop in the U.S. abortion rate to the lowest level in decades

Data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the abortion rate for 2013 was 12.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44, half the rate of 1980.

In 2013, 664,435 legal induced abortions took place — a 5 percent drop from 2012. A majority of abortions were performed prior to eight weeks’ gestation, while 1.3 percent occurred at 21 weeks or later.

According to ABC News, the last time the CDC recorded a lower abortion rate was in 1971, two years before the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade legalized abortion nationwide.

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