THEY HAVE EYES YET THEY DO NO SEE
If researchers are perplexed by the increase in abortion rates in older women, I need to send them to this link. (WARNING THIS IS A VERY PAINFUL OBSERVATION THAT JUMPED OUT DURING MY RESEARCH FOR THE FILM )
The Changing Face of Abortion
Teen abortion rates have plummeted in the past 30 years. Why aren’t we seeing the same decreases for older women?
Abortion rates have dropped steadily since the 1980s, from a peak of 29.3 abortions per 1,000 women in 1981 to 19.4 in 2005. But behind this general decrease are striking changes in the demographics of abortion. Compared to 30 years ago, women having abortions today are older and more likely to be mothers and minorities, according to a study released Tuesday by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Guttmacher Institute.
The study looked at trends in abortion since 1974, the year after the Supreme Court passed Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion in the United States. What researchers found is contrary to what pop culture phenoms, from “Juno” to Jamie Lynn Spears, might suggest: Teenagers are not the most likely to confront this issue, twenty-somethings are. “We’re aware that, today, most of the women having abortions are moms struggling to take care of the children they already have,” says Rachel Jones, senior research associate at the institute.
In fact, teens saw a bigger drop in abortion rate than any other demographic over the past 30 years. From 1974 to 1989, women aged 18-19 had the highest abortion rate among all age groups, varying from 32 to 62 per 1,000 women. In 2004, the latest year for which data is available, the abortion rate was 20.5. “We’ve done a great job educating kids about the risks of sexual behavior and proper contraceptive use,” says Jones. So it’s not the kids that researchers are most worried about–it’s the age groups above them.
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