LAS VEGAS (AP) — The annual number of abortions in Nevada has decreased since 2010, but lawmakers in this historically pro-abortion rights state have nothing to do with it.
An Associated Press survey found that there were 22 percent fewer abortions in the state in 2013 compared to 2010, accounting for about 1,700 fewer procedures. Those numbers put Nevada among the states with the steepest declines, as data show an overall decrease in abortions of about 12 percent nationwide since 2010.
Some cite the Affordable Care Act increasing financial access to birth control for lowering the number of unintended pregnancies. Others say there has been a societal shift that has led more women to carry pregnancies to term. There is now more acceptance of single mothers and more awareness of the fetus through lifelike sonograms, activists said.