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Encouraging news: There were 32,000 fewer legal abortions in the US in the six months after the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision

by | Apr 12, 2023

By Dave Andrusko

Some of our readers will remember “#WeCount” —a national pro-abortion research project led by the Society of Family Planning—which describes itself as “a national abortion reporting effort that aims to capture the shifts in abortion access by state following the June 24, 2022 Dobbs v Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization Supreme Court decision.”

It’s the pro-abortion outfit that reported on the incredible drop both in national number of abortions as well as in Texas. The continued decrease in the number of “expected” abortions must have sent them into a tailspin.

Our first story was in early November. The data set “shows that in the two months after the Supreme Court decision, there were 10,570 fewer abortions as compared to pre-Dobbs estimates.” That was a nationwide drop of an estimated 6%. As for Texas, “Teresa Woodard of WFAA-TV reported on the impact in Texas. The astonishing headline read, ‘Report says 2,770 abortions were provided in Texas in April. By August, that number fell to 10.’”  

These most encouraging statistics have been updated. The headline on CNN was “There were 32,000 fewer legal abortions in the six months after the Dobbs decision, new analysis suggests.”

CNN’s Deidre McPhillips writes

In the six months after the Supreme Court ruling that ended the federal right to an abortion, there were about 32,000 fewer abortions than expected in the United States, according to a new analysis.

There were about 5,000 fewer legal abortions each month, on average, than there were in the months before the ruling – a drop of about 6%.

In April and May, there were an average of about 82,000 abortions each month, according to the analysis. From July through December, that fell to an average of 77,000 abortions per month. The total number of abortions fluctuated month-to-month, but was always lower than it was in April.

Naturally, almost all the decline was in states that enacted new pro-life laws or had laws on the books that were “triggered” when Roe v. Wade was overturned.