ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) — A new report from the Centers for Disease Control reveals that the number of abortions is on the decline nationwide.

The CDC found that there were 765,651 reported abortions in 2010, a 3 percent drop from 2009. And from 2008 to 2009, there was a 5 percent drop in women getting abortions.

“From 2001 to 2010, the total number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions decreased 9%, 10%, and 8%, respectively,” the report stated.

In 2010, there were 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 to 44 and the abortion ratio was 228 abortions per 1,000 live births.

The number of reported abortions decreased by 19,924 abortions per year from 2006 to 2010, according to the CDC.

Women in their 20s accounted for a majority of abortions and had the highest abortion rates while those under the age of 15 and over the age of 40 had the lowest abortion rates.

The CDC found that white and black women had the highest percentage of abortions while Hispanics had the lowest.

“Among the 28 areas that reported cross-classified race/ethnicity data for 2010, non-Hispanic white women and non-Hispanic black women accounted for the largest percentages of abortions (36.8% and 35.7%, respectively), whereas Hispanic women and non-Hispanic women in the other races category accounted for smaller percentages (21.0% and 6.5%, respectively).”

The report found that a “considerable range existed” on how many women get abortions in different states. The abortion rate in Mississippi was 3.8 abortions per 1,000 women aged between 15 to 44, while the abortion rate in New York – city and state combined – was 28.6.

California, New Hampshire and Maryland did not participate in the CDC report in 2010.


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