April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine
Pregnancy rates for U.S. women in their early 20s dropped almost 18 percent from 1990 to 2008, according to a new report that also saw abortion rates dropping for that same age group. So what's happening here?
According to the report, released by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), 198.5 per 1,000 women in the 20 to 24 age group became pregnant in 1990. Fast forward to 2008 and that number drops 18 percent to the lowest level in more than three decades: 163 pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 20 to 24. The abortion rate also dropped 32 percent in this age group, to 38.4 per 1,000 women in 2008 from 56.7 per 1,000 in 1990.
For women in their later 20s, between the ages of 25 and 29, the pregnancy rate fell only 6 percent during the same time period, to 167.9 per 1,000, and the abortion rate fell only slightly to 28.6 per 1,000 in 2008 from 33.9 per 1,000 in 1990.
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