As the election outcome intensifies America's abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the US has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974.
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The report, which counted 926,200 abortions in 2014, was released by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group which supports abortion rights. It is the only entity which strives to count all abortions in the US. The latest federal survey by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention lacks data from California, Maryland and New Hampshire.
The total from 2014 represented a drop of 12.5 percent from Guttmacher's previous survey, which tallied 1.06 million abortions in 2011. The decrease was spread nationwide; in only six states did abortions increase over the three-year span.
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