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- The study features data collected from nearly 80 percent of all abortion providers in the United States.
- Some say the rates have increased on the side of those who have been banned or banned from the practice.
- Democrats are hoping that overturning Roe vs. Wade will give them a big boost in the electorate on November 8th.
The number of legal abortions in the United States fell 6 percent in the two months after the Supreme Court overturned Roe and Wade, according to a news release from WeCount, an organization of the Society for Family Planning (SFP).
The news comes as the country heads toward the midterm elections, which many Democrats have sought to put forward as a referendum on abortion rights.
Roe v. Wade, the case that established a woman’s right to abortion, was overturned by a liberal majority Supreme Court on June 24, 2022. Researchers said in April 2022, before the decision, a total of 85,020 doctors operated. abortion across the country. However, that number dropped to 79,620 abortions in August 2022.
In the two months following the decision, about 11,000 fewer people had abortions, representing a drop in the national abortion rate from 14 per 1,000 women in April to 13 per 1,000 women in August.
Anti-abortion campaigners said the findings showed 10,000 babies would have had a chance at life.
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Because abortion rates were on the rise before Roe v. Wade — whether due to economic pressures or the COVID-19 pandemic — has largely caused a net decline in abortion rates in the US after the revolution became more severe, the authors wrote.
The June decision, Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization took the abortion debate back to the state level. The trigger laws saw 13 states’ abortion bans go into effect immediately after the ruling, while others worked to amend the right into their state constitutions, meaning it would have to go further. some seek out-of-state abortions in order to get the procedure done.
“The journey for abortion care is associated with significant stressors, including delays in care and increased costs, both financial and social; Those who are unable to overcome these stressors are left to carry pregnancies to term,” the SFP report said.
SFP is a non-profit organization that supports domestic rights. The study features data from nearly 80 percent of abortion providers in the US
Among countries that banned or fully banned abortion in June 2022, there were 7,870 fewer abortions in July and 8,040 in August, a 95 percent decrease. Texas saw the largest drop, from 2,770 abortions performed in April to around August 10. In September 2021, Texas implemented a ban on abortions performed after six weeks.
States where the procedure remained legal with fewer restrictions saw an increase in the number of abortions performed after Dobbs, which rose by 11 percent between April and August.
However, the data only represent abortions performed in medical facilities and those provided by virtual providers only. It does not include abortions performed independently or performed outside of the American medical system.
Reportedly, the researchers observed a 33 percent increase in abortions provided by virtual-only clinics throughout the four months studied. Total abortion rates also increased after the Dobbs model was released in May 2022 and before the decision was announced.
North Carolina, Kansas, Colorado and Illinois saw the largest increases in women undergoing the procedure after Dobbs, in states in the East and West, where abortion was legal and the lower the restrictions, the fewer the big rate changes.
The reduction in abortion occurs in countries “with a high structural and social impact on maternal mortality and morbidity and poverty,” the authors added, writing that “The The impact of the Dobbs decision is not evenly distributed. People of color and people who work to make ends meet have been hit the hardest.”