A new study has shown the trends in the number of abortions in each state since the Supreme Court’s decision to leave abortion laws up to the states. Let’s see if banning abortions prevents them from happening.
Alarming Increase in Abortions
New research reveals a significant surge in abortion rates across several U.S. states during the first half of 2023.
Pro-Choice Institute’s Alarming Findings
The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice research organization, provided crucial insights into the increase in abortion trends after the Supreme Court’s decision to allow abortion banning in some states.
States that have proactively protected abortion rights, such as Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, and Washington, witnessed substantial spikes in abortion rates.
Pro-Choice State’s Results
Neighboring states with abortion bans, including Kansas and New Mexico, experienced noteworthy increases, suggesting individuals crossing state lines for abortion services.
New Mexico’s Dramatic Rise
New Mexico stood out with a staggering increase in abortions, tripling the numbers from the same period in 2020.
This suggests a substantial influx of individuals seeking abortions from neighboring states, primarily Texas.
How the Data Was Formed
The data collected by the Guttmacher Institute is based on monthly estimates from a sample of abortion providers, not including the unsafe, self-performed abortions outside clinical settings.
Colorado’s 89% Surge
In Colorado, where abortion rights are safeguarded by state law, the number of abortions surged by 89% during the first half of 2023 compared to 2020.
Illinois’ 69% Increase
Illinois, which has protective policies for abortion providers and patients, saw a 69% increase in abortion rates, with an estimated 44,000 procedures performed in the first half of 2023.
Illinois – the Abortion Safe State
Illinois has solidified its status as a haven for abortion access, serving as a refuge for individuals from neighboring states who cross the border specifically to get safe abortions.
Relocating the Abortion Clinics
Following the Supreme Court’s decision, clinics like the Alamo Women’s Clinic moved from Texas to New Mexico and Illinois, attracting significant patient numbers from states with abortion bans.
Clinics strategically opened in locations like southern Illinois due to proximity to states with potential bans, resulting in a diverse patient base.
Long Journeys for Care
A considerable percentage of patients at abortion clinics in southern Illinois travel extensive distances, with some enduring 12-hour journeys to access reproductive healthcare.
Impact of Abortion Bans
In 2020, states with abortion bans accounted for nearly 12% of all abortions in the U.S., showing that abortions still occur even in banned states, just not as safely as the legal ones.
Texas’ Drastic Decline
Texas, where abortion bans were enforced, witnessed a stark drop in reported abortions, with just 14 procedures in the first few months of 2023.
Implications for Women
The rise in abortions shows the desperation of individuals seeking reproductive healthcare despite legal obstacles.
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