>> The Centers for Disease Control releasing new data Wednesday showing that abortion rates among American women of all ages fell to a decade low in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available. While the CDC did not provide any reason for the decline, both abortion rights advocates and opponents said, the decrease was primarily the result of effort by several states to severely restrict women's access to the procedure.
Data shows the total number of reported abortions fell 24% between 2006 and 2015. A deeper dive reveals that abortion rates fell the most among teens aged 15 to 19. The CDC study also showed over 91% of abortions performed in 2015 were in a woman's first 13 weeks of pregnancy.
In recent years, conservative state lawmakers have passed increasingly restrictive abortion laws, challenging Roe versus Wade. The Republican controlled Ohio House of Representatives last week approved a measure that would ban abortions at six weeks. While an Iowa law banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected is tied up in a court battle.
Such laws are designed to end up before the Supreme Court, which has become more conservative following President Donald Trump's appointments of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.