Report: Abortions Nationwide Down 6% Since SCOTUS Overturned Roe v. Wade

Michael W. Chapman | January 19, 2023 | 3:41pm EST
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(CNSNews.com) -- A report by the left-wing Society of Family Planning shows that abortions nationwide dropped 6% after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022 in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization

The report shows that in April 2022 there were 85,020 surgical abortions nationwide. But in July, after the Dobbs decision, there were 79,750 abortions and in August 79,620 abortions. That's a 6% decline between April and August 2022.

(Society of Family Planning, #WeCount)
(Society of Family Planning, #WeCount)

"Since the Dobbs decision, there were 5,270 fewer abortions in July and 5,400 fewer in August, for a cumulative total of 10,670 fewer people who had abortions in those months," reported the Society of Family Planning. "The national abortion rate decreased from 14 per 1,000 women of reproductive age in April to 13 per 1,000 in August."

“Overturning Roe v. Wade created a sudden disruption in abortion care, compounding the crisis in access that people in some states had already experienced before the decision," said said Alison Norris, MD, co-chair of the Society's #WeCount initiative and  associate professor at The Ohio State University’s College of Public Health.

(Society of Family Planning, #WeCount)
(Society of Family Planning, #WeCount)

“If this trend were to continue for the next 12 months, we’d project more than 60,000 people who need abortion care will be unable to obtain it," she added. 

The Society of Family Planning further reported, "By August [2022], abortion became completely unavailable in several states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin."

(Society of Family Planning, #WeCount)
(Society of Family Planning, #WeCount)

Among other findings in the report,

-- In Texas, which already had a 6-week ban on abortion in place, we observed 2,770 abortions provided in April. A total abortion ban with only a few exceptions went into effect after the Dobbs decision, and by August the monthly estimated number of abortions provided by a clinician declined to approximately 10.

-- In Oklahoma, we observed 510 abortions provided in April. The state enacted a total abortion ban in May before the Dobbs decision. The monthly number of abortions in that state declined to less than 10 in June.

To read more about the report, click here

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