New figures show the U.S. saw 32,000 less abortions in the six months after the landmark Supreme Court Dobbs decision. The report was produced by the left-wing Society of Family Planning, which touts its adherence to “just and equitable abortion and contraception.”
For anyone on the side of babies and children, this is great news.
The non-profit published its #WeCount report this week and said the results attempt to reveal “shifts in abortion access by state” after Dobbs.
The monthly average of abortions performed in the U.S. dropped from 82,270 in the two months prior to Roe v. Wade’s demise to 77,073 in the six months after.
The National Catholic Register reported that, though the number of monthly abortions fluctuated, it never topped the total of April 2022 in the six months afterwards. The national abortion rate per 1,000 women decreased from 13.2 to 12.3 over the same period.
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The lion’s share of the fall over the six months came in states that either banned or implemented strong restrictions on the procedure.
Texas saw a drop of 15,540 abortions, Georgia had 10,930 fewer, Tennessee saw 6,560 less, and Ohio had 4,920 fewer abortions.
Overall, states with powerful anti-abortion laws saw a drop of 43,410 women who had abortions. The study, incidentally, identified them as “people,” not “women.”
The opposite result was true for states that thus far have kept abortion legal. States with permissive abortion laws saw a cumulative total increase of 11,150 more procedures.
Another change is found in the number of abortions performed through virtual telehealth clinics. That total has risen every month since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision.
For example, there were 3,610 abortions performed through these clinics in April 2022, just prior to Dobbs. By December, that tally soared to 8,540, a 137% increase. Where in April that method accounted for 4% of all abortions, by December it was up to 11%.
The research collected information from abortion providers across the country, which included clinics, private medical facilities, hospitals, and virtual clinics. #WeCount reported that 80% of known providers responded to the study.