A new study has revealed that the overall number of abortions in the U.S. has increased since the Supreme Court's decision to return abortion laws to states last year.
The increase has been due to spikes in the number of abortions in states supportive of the action, while states with stronger limitations have experienced a dramatic decrease.
Abortions increase after Supreme Court decision, driven by 100K spike in permissive states https://t.co/ENhU6dkCL9
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 25, 2023
"According to a new WeCount report released Tuesday, nearly 115,000 fewer abortions were performed in states with near-total restrictions or heartbeat bills blocking the procedure at around six weeks," the Washington Examiner reported.
"The group, backed by the Society of Family Planning, which is supportive of legal abortion, also shows that nearly 117,000 more abortions were performed in states that allow the procedure, meaning more abortions have been performed overall since the overturn of Roe," it added.
After Roe vs. Wade was overturned abortions increased by 2,200. https://t.co/HNQv3URTuB
— J Lee 🦅 (@JanetFreedlund) October 25, 2023
"The average number of abortions in America per month was 82,115 in April and May 2022, before the high court handed down its June ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization," according to U.S. News and World Report.
"In the months following the ruling, the monthly average has been 82,298. That translates into an overall increase of 183 abortions per month, on average, or 2,200 total, the report said," it noted.
Some states have dropped to zero or near-zero abortions following the decision, such as Alabama, where no abortions were reported after July of last year.
Other states, such as Illinois, have increased the number of abortions performed by nearly 2,000 per month.
The report also does not account for abortions by medication, a shift that has reported included over half of abortions in recent national counts, indicating the numbers could be higher.
The concerning report shows that the court's ruling has been a major help for some states, but the nation reported more abortions in the past year despite the significant ruling.