There were 32,000 fewer legal abortions in the US in the six months after the Dobbs decision, new analysis suggests
The number of abortions in the U.S. has decreased by 32,000 in the six months after the Supreme Court ruling that ended the federal right to an abortion.
According to a recent analysis, in the six months following the Supreme Court decision that ended the federal right of abortion, the United States saw 32,000 fewer cases than expected.
On average, there were 5,000 less legal abortions per month than in the months prior to the ruling. This is a drop of 6%.
According to analysis, in April and May there were on average 82,000 abortions per month. In July and December, the average monthly abortions dropped to 77,000. The number of abortions fluctuated from month to month, but it was always lower in April.
The Society of Family Planning (a nonprofit organization focused on contraception and abortion) sponsored a study that collected data nationwide from abortion providers, including clinics and private medical offices. Over 80% of providers were contacted. The analysis did not include self-managed abortions that take place outside the formal health system.
In the 13 states which enacted bans in response to the Supreme Court's decision, abortions dropped by more than 95%. Only a handful of cases were reported every month between July and December. In the remaining states, however, abortions increased slightly on average. Some of these states, such as Minnesota and Kansas, saw a surge in abortions, which suggests that people from states with stricter restrictions might travel to get care.
The authors of the study wrote that those who are unable to overcome barriers in travel have the least socioeconomic resources. Even small reductions in abortion rates can have a huge impact on the lives of those who are affected.
The number of abortions has declined, but those performed virtually via telehealth have increased every month. They now account for an increasing share of all abortions. In December, there were over 8,500 telehealth-abortions. This is more than twice as many as in April.
In an earlier study, it was found that women in the US increased their travel time to an abortifacient facility significantly after the Supreme Court Decision. Dozens clinics closed within a month and the travel time from the nearest facility to the most distant one more than tripled.