Sarah McCammon

Sarah McCammon is a political reporter for NPR News. Prior to joining NPR in 2015, she reported on local and national news at public radio stations in Georgia, Iowa, and Nebraska.

While in Iowa, McCammon hosted the statewide broadcast of NPR's Morning Edition and contributed to NPR's coverage of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses and general election. She also has a special interest in science and health journalism. She's covered debates over oil pipelines in the Southeast and Midwest, fights over water in Nebraska, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in Iowa, and coastal environmental issues in Georgia.

McCammon traces her interest in political reporting back to childhood, when she would watch Sunday morning roundtable shows – recorded on the VCR during church – with her father on Sunday afternoons. In 1998, she spent a semester serving as a U.S. Senate Page.

In addition to reporting for public radio, McCammon's work has been featured by the Kansas City Star, Chicago Sun-Times, and Washington Post. She's received numerous regional and national journalism awards, including the Atlanta Press Club's "Excellence in Broadcast Radio Reporting" honor in 2015.

McCammon is a native of Kansas City, Mo., and a proud Midwesterner. She studied literature and history at Oxford University in the U.K. while completing her undergraduate degree at Trinity College near Chicago.

Opponents of abortion rights have long argued that public funds for services like cancer screenings and contraception should go solely to health clinics that don't provide abortions.

If you're failing less, then you're succeeding more, right? That's exactly what appears to be happening with birth control in the United States, according to a new study released by the Guttmacher Institute.

The abortion rate in the United States fell to its lowest level since the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalized abortion nationwide, a new report finds.

The report by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports legalized abortion, puts the rate at 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age (ages 15-44) in 2014. That's the lowest recorded rate since the Roe decision in 1973. The abortion rate has been declining for decades — down from a peak of 29.3 in 1980 and 1981.