Declines in U.S. abortion rates mask the problem of unintended pregnancy among women of color and women with lower incomes, data released by the Guttmacher Institute on Sept. 23 showed.
Abortion rates dropped 33 percent between 1980 and 2004, reaching the lowest level since 1974.
But amid that, the abortion rate for black women was five times higher than for white women, and Latina women had a rate three times higher.
The abortion rate for teens dropped to 17 percent in 2004 from 33 percent in 1974, and account for 7 percent of all terminations. Sixty percent of women who had abortions already had children.
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