Thanks to a regressive Republican Governor who sought to reduce the rate of abortion in his state on moral and religious grounds, the rate of teen abortion is actually on the rise in Texas. This is in stark contrast to the rest of the nation that has seen a steady decline in instances of teen abortion.
According to a study from Texas A&M university, in the years since Texas critically gutted their family planning budget and closed more than 80 percent of women’s health clinics in the state, the number of abortions among teenagers has risen three percent.
Comparatively, the rate of teen abortions nationwide have plummeted to their lowest rates since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. While there was a rise in abortion rates between 2005 and 2007, the rate has seen a strong decline since then, culminating in the low rate we see now.