By SUSANNE M. SCHAFER
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The number of abortions performed in South Carolina has dropped by almost 12 percent in five years and advocates on both sides of the issue offer differing explanations.
South Carolina's change is in line with significant reductions found in the number of abortions performed during a national review by The Associated Press.
State health officials in South Carolina say there were around 6,400 abortions performed in the state in 2010. That compares to around 5,700 performed in 2014, or a drop of nearly 12 percent.
Those who support abortion rights say improved access to contraception and better health education reduced the numbers.
Those against abortion argue their successful push for state laws that put constraints on abortion is causing the decline in the number of procedures.