You might be surprised at what a new report has to say about the abortion rate in the U.S.

The Guttmacher Institute says abortions dropped by 13% in a three-year period between 2008 and 2011. It's now at the lowest level in 41 years. Rachel Jones was the lead author on the study and told KTRH Texas had an even bigger drop.

“The abortion rate in Texas declined by 17%; a little more rapidly than what we saw nationally,” Jones said.

Jones says the numbers showed the same thing when it comes to how many clinics that provide abortions services are out there.

“Nationally we saw a decline of 1% in the number of clinics. We saw a much steeper decline in Texas; 8% fewer clinics in 2011,” Jones stated.

Jones thinks the drop is unusual and that the decline is due to better birth control methods. But Elizabeth Graham of Texas Right to Life thinks there's a different reason for it.

“The country polls Pro-Life by a slight majority. I think the country is realizing the barbarism of abortion,” Graham told KTRH.

The study stopped at 2011; two years before newer, tougher abortion laws were passed by the Texas legislature.