Abortion price declines to lowest level since 1974; disparities persist, study finds Although abortion rates have declined among all racial and ethnic groups and are at the cheapest level since 1974, the rate for Hispanic and black women remains 3 to 5 times greater than that of whites, according to an analysis by the Guttmacher Institute, the Washington Post reports. For the record, Rachel Jones, a senior analysis associate at Guttmacher, and co-workers analyzed annual data from CDC and periodic surveys that Guttmacher provides conducted of abortion suppliers between 1974 and 2004. The analysis confirmed findings from previous reports that the abortion price has declined to its lowest level since 1974, dropping by 33 percent from 1980 to 2004. In 1980, there were 29 abortions per 1,000 women between age range 15 to 44, weighed against 20 abortions per 1,000 women in that generation in 2004.But evidence shows that current diagnostic criteria may be as well narrow to effectively identify bipolar disorder in the overall population, and that a broader description of bipolar spectrum disorder would recognize many more people with bipolar symptoms, the authors take note. Kathleen R. Merikangas, Ph.D., National Institute of Mental Wellness, Bethesda, Md., and colleagues estimated the nationwide prevalence of bipolar disorder using data from 9,282 individuals chosen to represent the general population. The researchers executed interviews between February 2001 and April 2003 to measure the existence of bipolar disorder and additional psychiatric conditions.