“It’s a sign of course correction and of ordinary Americans finally having a say in the number of lives tragically lost to the tragedy of abortion,” she said.
It usually takes years to collect and publish detailed information on the number of abortions performed in the United States. WeCount was created to provide more real-time data from a more comprehensive group of providers.
Because the WeCount data is new, it cannot compare abortion numbers this summer to last summer. Studies suggest that abortion generally follows a seasonal pattern, peaking in February and March before declining during the summer months. Some of the measured decline may also reflect these trends.
The changes were calculated by comparing the number of legal abortions in the months following the decision with the number of expected abortions in April. By this time, Texas had already imposed a major restriction on abortion, and abortion was difficult to obtain in other states, but it was still legal in all 50 states.
WeCount also found that nationwide abortions rose in the two months after the Supreme Court’s draft ruling was leaked, but before Roe’s overturning, possibly indicating that some women were seeking abort earlier in pregnancy than they otherwise would have, or that clinics were increasing capacity in anticipation of bans.
Studies of previous abortion restrictions have shown that while some women without access to a nearby clinic travel long distances to get an abortion, many do not. The typical abortion patient is poor, single, and a mother. And the women most affected by the bans are those who grapple with the cost and logistical challenges of interstate travel, including transportation, accommodation, childcare and time off.
“Some of these states where abortion has been banned — Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, for example — are among the poorest states in our country, and people would have to cross multiple state lines to get to in another state where abortion remains legal,” said Kari White, who studies reproductive health at the University of Texas at Austin and is on the WeCount research committee. “Even for people going to another state, it’s an ordeal.”
#Legal #abortions #fell #months #Roe #ended