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Fewer people are having abortions in Illinois.  The latest abortion rate numbers from 2010 show the abortion rate is at a 37-year low.  Carole Brite, with Planned Parenthood Illinois, says the drop seems to coincide with fewer babies being born. 

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Brite believes the drop is a good sign. 

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Brite adds the introduction of more effective contraceptions may be behind the decrease.

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Data released by the Illinois Department of Public Health shows only about 42-thousand abortions were recorded last year, which is the lowest number since abortions became legal in 1973.  Brite says more women are choosing to use contraceptions these days, which could also contribute to the decreased abortion rate.

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