The Guttmacher Institute, a national abortion-rights group, released a study that found rates for the procedure have dropped significantly over the last few years and are at their lowest rate since 1973. The data in the report was compiled before the recent wave of state-passed abortion restrictions, so the authors say those laws did not affect the declining rates. They point to increased access to contraception and a declining number of clinics where abortions are performed.
Oregon has the distinction having no state restrictions on abortion, yet its rates have also fallen sharply and are below the national average. We’ll ask what specific policies in Oregon have led to its low abortion rate.
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- Michele Stranger Hunter: Executive director, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon