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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Abortions reach 30-year low- In Minnesota

It is debated whether of not the reason is the 24 hour waiting period, or because women are more informed, whatever the reason the abortion numbers in Minn. dropped to a new low, the first in 30 years.

The number of abortions in 2004 dipped to 13,788, the lowest level since 1975, the first year the state Health Department started tallying the numbers.

The number of abortions in the state has been falling since it peaked in 1980 at more than 19,000 -- a curve that mimics a national trend. And the drop transcends shifting demographics: Minnesota's rate of abortions among women in their childbearing years (classified as ages 15 through 44) also has been on the decline.

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