U.S. Pregnancy Rate Hits Record Low, Data Shows

The U.S. pregnancy rate and abortions have hit a record low, according to a new research by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Guttmacher Institute released Friday, NBC News reported. 

"The pregnancy rate for women in the United States continued to decline in 2010, to 98.7 per 1,000 women aged 15-44, a record low for the 1976-2010 period. This level was 15 percent below the 1990 peak," wrote researchers Sally Curtin and Joyce Abma of the NCHS and Kathryn Kost of the Guttmacher Institute.

The survey uses 2010 data because that's the latest available for the kind of analysis they did. Other research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds the birthrate rose by 1 percent in 2014 — the first increase in seven years — thanks largely to older mothers giving birth.

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