NEW YORK (AP) — A new federal report says U.S. abortions continue to fall.
Federal statistics show abortions have been in a general decline for about 25 years.
The number of reported abortions dropped 4 percent in 2012.
About 699,000 abortions were reported to the federal government that year. That's about 31,000 fewer than the year before.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Wednesday.
Experts offer various reasons for the recent declines: Better use of birth control and the lingering effects of the economic recession. Others argue there's been a cultural shift and more women opt to continue their pregnancy.