New data: Delaware has largest decline in abortion rate nationwide

The Guttmacher Institute recently released a report documenting abortion trends in all 50 states between 2014 and 2017. Upstream’s work in Delaware began in 2014. Over just three years, Delaware saw a 37% decline in the rate of abortions, the largest decline of any state in the country.

GRAPH: Delaware had the largest decline in abortion rates out of all 50 states and DC from 2014 to 2017
Source: Guttmacher Institute

Over the same time period, access to abortion did not decrease in Delaware, which is in contrast to many states.

This decline supports other data that suggests that contraception is becoming more widely available across Delaware. Results to date indicate a substantial increase in access to and availability of all methods of birth control. Importantly, patient survey results indicate that over 99% of patients served by Upstream-trained providers either made their own decisions about contraceptive methods or shared decision-making with their provider.

GRAPH: Women in Delaware are empowered to choose the contraceptive method of their choice that will work best for them.

While none of this is causal data, this latest news is another indicator demonstrating positive results in Delaware since the launch of our statewide initiative, where to date we have trained over 3,000 healthcare providers who serve over 120,000 women of reproductive age each year.

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