- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The number of abortions performed in Oklahoma has declined nearly 19 percent in four years and abortion rights advocates and foes differ on the reason.

A national survey by The Associated Press shows that abortions have decreased nationwide by about 12 percent since 2010.

The overall decline occurred in places where laws heavily restrict abortion rights - like Oklahoma - but also in states where laws aren’t as strict, such as New York.

In Oklahoma, abortions were down 18.7 percent from 2010 to 2013, the latest year statistics were available.

Abortion rights foes say Oklahoma’s laws significantly curbing access to abortion are one factor for the decline. Some abortion rights advocates say it’s partly due to better education programs and access to more-effective contraceptives, among other reasons.

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