According to the latest report from the CDC, U.S. abortions fell by five percent during the recession and its aftermath, a phenomenon that most likely, insist some researchers, owing to the greater diligence with which women use contraception during tough economic times. Though many states have unfortunately and aggressively restricted access to abortion in recent years, those changes have not had time enough to factor into the abortion decline, since the CDC report was based on data gathered between 2007 and 2009 and states have only started adopting restrictive abortion legislation in the last two years.
Experts such as Duke University assistant professor in public policy and economics Elizabeth Ananat told the AP that the recession most likely led many women to believe that they simply couldn't afford to get pregnant. "They stick to the straight and narrow," explained Ananat, "...and they are more careful about birth control." Speculation that the abortion decline owes itself to more widespread contraception use is corroborated by a similar report earlier this year that found that rates of teen pregnancy are also on the decline, most likely thanks to the recession.