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Report: Overturning Roe resulted in at least 10,000 fewer legal abortions

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In the first two months after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, there were at least 10,000 fewer legal abortions in the United States, according to a report released Sunday by FiveThirtyEight.

Data for the report was collected by #WeCount, a research project conducted by the Society of Family Planning, a pro-abortion nonprofit. According to the report, the research project used data from clinics and hospitals that performed 82% of all abortions across the country.

There were 10,570 fewer abortions between July and August than estimated would typically occur. If that decline remains steady, there could be 60,000 fewer abortions over the next year.

“In July, the first full month after the Dobbs decision, we saw severe declines in states with bans, large declines in states with restrictions, and small increases in states with few legal restrictions,” the report stated.

Abortion restrictions in some states led women to travel out of state for the procedure. For instance, Minnesota experienced a 14% increase in abortions following neighboring state restrictions. However, the increase did not make up for the decline in those neighboring states.

“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 Alison Norris, #WeCount co-chair and associate professor at Ohio State University’s College of Public Health. “We are likewise not seeing a comparable surge in other states to close this gap, which suggests that traveling to get care in a state that allows abortion has not been a realistic option for a significant portion of people denied care.”

States where abortion procedures were completely banned witnessed a 100% drop in the procedure, including Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Fifteen states across the nation saw a decline in abortions from April to August, a total of 22,000. However, in other states where abortions remained accessible, the total number of abortions rose by about 12,000.

States that experienced the most significant increase in abortion procedures in July and August included Illinois, North Carolina, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Colorado.

According to FiveThirtyEight, wait times at some abortion clinics in North Carolina were up to three weeks by August. That same month, the median wait time in Colorado and New Mexico was over two weeks.

“We are celebrating the fact that at least 10,000 babies have a chance at life,” said Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America. “It’s a sign of course correction and of ordinary Americans finally having a say in how many lives are tragically lost to the tragedy of abortion.”
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