Wellness


FILE - In a Monday, June 27, 2016 file photo, abortion rights activists, from left, Ravina Daphtary of Philadelphia, Morgan Hopkins of Boston, and Alison Turkos of New York City, rejoice in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, as the justices struck down the strict Texas anti-abortion restriction law known as HB2. Even as the 2016 election outcome intensifies America's abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey released Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 by the Guttmacher Institute finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The authors of the new report, Guttmacher researchers Rachel Jones and Jenna Jerman, said the latest phase of the decline was likely the result of two main factors: the increased availability of affordable, long-lasting contraceptives that have reduced unintended pregnancies, and the surge of abortion restrictions in many states that have forced some clinics to close and hindered many women’s access to the procedure


Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper delivers his annual State of the State address to lawmakers and guests, inside the state legislature, in Denver, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Hickenlooper set his priorities on roads and housing, health care and pot regulation when he addressed the just-convened 2017 Legislature. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

“I think most of us would agree that the last thing we would want is Congress making all of our decisions around health care,” said Hickenlooper, who has increasingly invoked a states’ rights argument — one often used by Republicans on such issues as gun rights — to defend Colorado’s health care and marijuana markets.