According to a pro-abortion research centre, there has been a dramatic decrease in abortions as state bans shut down abortion clinics in the two months after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.
In July and August 2022, providers reported 5,270 and 5,400 fewer abortions per month, respectively, compared to April 2022, says a report from the Society for Family Planning. The drop was driven by states that banned or severely restricted abortion care. In states that banned abortion during that time, abortions decreased by 95% from April to August. States with legal protections for abortion saw a small rise in the number of abortions.
States which permit abortion and which border states with abortion bans—such as North Carolina and Kansas—have seen the biggest increases.
“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. 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,” said Alison Norris, of the #WeCount Project.
“If this trend were to continue for next 12 months, we’d project more than 60,000 people who need abortion care will be unable to obtain it.”
According to figures gathered by the New York Times, as of October 13, in 13 US states, there are no clinics providing abortions.