(CNS News) – A new report by the Society of Family Planning #WeCount shows that legal abortions performed by a clinician in the United States have dropped 6% since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022.
The organization compared abortion data nationwide from April 2022, as the baseline, to data from August 2022. They found,
-- The estimated number of abortions provided by a clinician decreased from 85,020 abortions in April 2022, before the [Supreme Court] decision, to 79,620 abortions in August 2022.
-- This change represents a decrease of 6% in the number of abortions nationally, comparing April and August 2022.
-- 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.
-- The national abortion rate decreased from 14 per 1,000 women of reproductive age1 in April to 13 per 1,000 in August.
-- Notably, abortions provided by virtual-only clinics increased from 2,830 in April 2022 (3% of total abortions), before the decision, to 3,780 in August 2022 (4.7% of all abortions).
-- This change represents an increase of 33% in the number of abortions provided from virtual-only services, comparing April and August 2022.
The organization also ran numbers by state. The data showed, “States with the largest percent increases in abortions between April and August include North Carolina (37%), Kansas (36%), Colorado (33%), and Illinois (28%).”
However, “In Texas, which already had a 6-week ban on abortion in place, we observed 2,770 abortions provided in April,” reported the organization. “A total abortion ban with only a few exceptions went into effect after the Dobbs decision [on June 24], and by August the monthly estimated number of abortions provided by a clinician declined to approximately 10.”
Also, “In Oklahoma, we observed 510 abortions provided in April,” said #We Count. “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.”
In its Implications section, #We Count said, “Overall, the monthly number of abortions declined from April to August 2022, signaling that many thousands of pregnant people living in states where abortion is banned and restricted were unable to travel for abortion care. … 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.
“Nearly all regions of the country had declines in July as compared to June. The massive decline in abortion numbers in July in states with abortion bans and in regions of the country where abortion was banned or restricted were even deeper in August.”
To read the report, click here.