The number of abortions in the United States each year is holding steady, according to the latest figures Friday from the Centers for Disease Control.
The CDC said 1,328,570 legal abortions were performed in the United States in 1985, the latest year for which statistics are available; that's "virtually no change" from 1984, when 1,333,521 legal abortions were performed.In 1985, as in previous years, the typical woman obtaining an abortion in the United States was young, white and single, with no children.
The 0.4 percent decline in 1985 is the second drop in abortions reported by the CDC.
Abortions rose from a reported 22,670 in 1969, when the CDC's rec-ord-keeping began, until 1982, then dropped 3 percent in 1983. The number rose 5 percent in 1984.
"Since 1980, the abortion numbers . . . appear to be relatively stable, with minor year-to-year fluctuations," the Atlanta-based health agency said.
Dr. Hani Atrash, a CDC researcher, cautioned that states are not forced to report each abortion, so numbers may not be precise.