Pregnancies decline overall, up among older women

Steep drop among teens; number of abortions down

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Pro-life educational campaigns, pregnancy-care centers, and state and federal laws — especially ones that show “the humanity of the unborn child” — could also be playing a role in lowering the abortion rate, said Randall O’Bannon, director of education and research at the National Right to Life.

Rachel Jones, senior research associate at the Guttmacher Institute, noted that the national abortion rate had stalled for several years, so the resumption of its long-term decline in 2009 was new. In February, she added, Guttmacher will release a comprehensive, national report on abortion, which will include data through 2011.

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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.

Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...

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