Nov 21, 2018

3. U.S. abortion rates dropped to record low between 2006 and 2015

A protester demonstrates for Republicans and against legalized abortion outside the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images.

Abortion rates among U.S. women in all age groups dropped sharply to a decade low from 2006 to 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.

By the numbers: Rates among teens between 15 and 19 years old decreased 54%, per Reuters. In 2015, the abortion rate was 11.8 abortions per 1,000 women 15–44 years old, down 26% from 2006. The report also showed that nearly 90% of abortions performed in 2015 were within a woman’s first 13 weeks of pregnancy.

No analysis was given by the CDC as to why abortion rates are declining, per Reuters, but many states in the U.S. have recently tried to restrict access to abortion procedures.

What to watch: The Republican-controlled Ohio House of Representatives passed one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the country on Friday, the New York Times reports. The bill penalizes doctors for performing the procedure when a heartbeat can be detected from a fetus.

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Trump's big, empty beef with Twitter

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President Trump finally acted on his now year-old threat to take action against social media platforms for alleged bias against conservatives. But so far, according to experts in both government and the industry, the threat looks mostly empty.

Driving the news: Trump escalated his war on Twitter Friday morning, tweeting repeatedly that the company needs to be regulated after it overnight added a warning label to a tweet of his calling for the military to start shooting looters, which violated Twitter’s rules against glorifying violence.

In photos: Protests over George Floyd's death grip Minneapolis

The Third Police Precinct burns in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Demonstrators demanding justice burned a Minneapolis police station and took control of the streets around it last night, heaving wood onto the flames, kicking down poles with surveillance cameras and torching surrounding stores.

What's happening: The crowd was protesting the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man whose life was snuffed out Tuesday by a white Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on his neck for about eight minutes.

Minneapolis mayor to Trump: “Weakness is pointing your finger” during a crisis

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey fired back at President Trump on Friday, after the president accused the mayor of weak leadership amid violence sparked by the killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.

Driving the news: Trump made his accusations in a pair of tweets early Friday, saying he would bring the national guard into Minneapolis if Frey couldn't “bring the City under control.”