The U.S. abortion rate fell to a 46-year low in 2017, according to a report released Wednesday by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights but provides data cited by people on both sides of the abortion-rights issue. There were 13.5 abortions per 1,000 girls and women (ages 15 through 44) in 2017, down 20 percent from 16.9 in 2011, the institute reported. The rate dropped both in Republican- and Democratic-run states. Fifty-eight percent of the decline in overall abortions came in the 18 states and the District of Columbia where no new restrictions were added, but the rates dropped the most in four states that enacted safety standards that forced some clinics to close even though the regulations were overturned by the Supreme Court.
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