Young People Less Supportive of Abortion

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New data shows young people are less supportive of abortion rights than the middle-aged. This news comes alongside a report that the number of abortions has dropped.

In the new movie Juno, a pregnant teen considers abortion -- and then decides against it.

Professor John Seery studies abortion politics and says the movie reflects a shift in attitudes.

"I think the filmmakers were onto something," Seery said.

That "something" can be seen in a new study showing young people are less supportive of abortion rights than the middle-aged. Consider this: 33 percent of those 28 and younger support abortion, compared to 40 percent of those aged 29 to 43.

Perhaps equally surprising is that the number of abortions is down. 

The latest figures come from the Guttmacher Institute. Guttmacher reports the abortion rate in the U.S. has dropped by one-third from its peak in '81. That's 19 abortions for every 1,000 women, compared to 29 in '81.

So who gets the credit?

Abortion right advocates say it's a result of sex education, easier access to contraception -- and fewer abortion clinics.

"Eighty-seven percent of counties in the United States don't have an abortion provider -- 35 percent of women live in those counties," said, Rachel Jones of the Guttmacher Institute.

Pro-lifers say crisis pregnancy centers have made a difference. And they believe that ultrasounds showing women their developing babies are especially effective.

"The amazing thing is it more than doubles the number of women who change their minds when they're able to see their baby and see how developed it is and they actually bond to that baby," a counselor said.

Women's thoughts on abortion are clearly changing.

But "why?" and "what's next?" remain great questions as the 35th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade is observed.

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