US abortion rates at 40-year low

Abortions in the United States have fallen to their lowest number since legalisation with the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organisation committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights, 926,200 terminations were recorded in 2014, a decline of 32,500 over the previous year and the lowest in 40 years of collating such figures. In percentage terms, the decline is a 12.5% decrease on 2011’s figure of 1.06million abortions.