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Abortion Rates Decline In Nevada

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Abortion protesters on both sides rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court 2011. In Nevada, the number of abortions has dropped

The rate of abortions in Nevada is on the decline.

That's according to a survey from the Associated Press, which found a 22 percent decline in abortions performed in the state from 2010 to 2013.

Alisa Cafferata, the president and CEO of Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood, told KNPR's State of Nevada that the drop is due in a large part to the Affordable Care Act.

She said that because women have better access to birth control, which under Obamacare is free for most women, there are fewer unintended pregancies.

 "You get hundreds of thousands of people access to insurance that includes a preventive care coverage then people can get access to birth control," Cafferata said. 

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.

Overall, abortions have dropped about 12 percent nationwide since 2010.

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