Utah abortion rates lowest since 1999

Apr 14 2011 - 2:35pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- A study by the Utah Department of Health shows the state's abortion rates are at their lowest since 1999, well below the national average.

The report says 3,270 abortions were performed in 2009, the latest year of available figures. In 1999, the state had 3,160 abortions.

Experts say the decline is largely due to a drop in birth rates and the implementation of family planning services. Nationwide, the number of abortions has mostly declined for the past decade.

While Utah has one of the highest birth rates in the country, the state still has some of the lowest abortion rates.


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