The abortion rate in the U.S. has reached a historic low since the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on Roe v. Wade in 1973, legalizing abortion across the country.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the data from 2015, the most recent year for which comprehensive statistics are available, showed the abortion rate at 11.8 per 1,000 women ages 15-44, according to Reuters.
That’s a 26 percent decrease from 2006, when the study first began and the rate was 15.9 abortions per 1,000 women.
The number of abortions among teenagers was perhaps the most significant shift. From 2006 to 2015, the abortion rate for women ages 15-19 declined by more than 50 percent.
Additionally, the CDC’s data revealed abortions are being performed earlier in pregnancies rather than later. In 2015, 91.9 percent of abortions were performed in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.
The new abortion statistics come the same week the Ohio House of Representatives passed its own landmark pro-life legislation, banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat has been detected.
The law, known as the “heartbeat bill,” passed with a 60-35 vote.
It is not clear yet if the legislation will advance through the state Senate. And even if it does, outgoing Gov. John Kasich (R) is expected to veto the proposal, as he has in the past.