Abortion rate falls to new low
The U.S. abortion rate has fallen to its lowest level since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, according to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute. The 1.1 million abortions performed in 2011 represented a rate of 16.9 per 1,000 women of childbearing age, continuing a decline from a peak of 29.3 in 1980. The institute’s researchers attributed most of the decline to more widespread use of birth control methods such as the pill and the IUD.
The Washington Post
Participation in team sports drops
Youth participation in the four most-popular U.S. team sports—basketball, soccer, baseball, and football—dropped by 4 percent from 2008 to 2012. The lure of social networks and technology may be drawing some kids and teens away from sports.
The Wall Street Journal
The Winter Olympic Games, then and now
In the first Winter Olympic Games, in 1924, women could compete in only one sport—figure skating—because the other sports were considered too dangerous. In Sochi, women will compete in 14 of 15 sports.
WHO predicts increase in cancer
The number of cancer cases worldwide is expected to rise by 70 percent over the next 20 years, from a current rate of 14 million new cases per year to 25 million a year. The World Health Organization blamed the predicted increase on the increasing use of tobacco, alcohol, and “highly processed foods” in countries with growing middle classes.