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Abortion Rates at Their Lowest

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Abortion rates in the U.S. are the lowest they've been since the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973, according to a new study.

The Guttmacher Institute says there were only 16.9 abortions for every 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 in 2011.

It also says more states made abortion restrictions between 2011 and 2013 than in the previous 10 years. One of those states was North Dakota, and people on both sides of the issue are weighing in on the study.

"I think it's very understandable that abortions are dropping in this country as science is finally catching up with the law. When Roe v. Wade was first passed, the Supreme Court said we do not know when life begins. Now, every pregnant woman has a sonogram at about 8 weeks and she sees the beating heart of her small child," says Senator Margaret Sitte.

"It is very well researched information, and it's good information to show that the abortion numbers were already declining before all of the anti-abortion legislation that started both nationally and in our own state,"she says.

To view the entire results of the study visit http://www.guttmacher.org/.

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