Legal Abortions Down 6% Since Dobbs Ruling

Former NFL football coach Tony Dungy speaks during the March for Life rally, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • In the six months since the Supreme Court’s decision ending the right to an abortion, the number of legal abortions performed in the United States has dropped by just over 6%, exceeding what had been estimated by some researchers before the ruling, according to a new comprehensive report.
  • New restrictions, including travel, long wait times, and confusion over the laws, led to higher-than-expected numbers, The New York Times reported Wednesday, quoting the report from WeCount, through a research effort from the Society of Family Planning, a pro-abortion rights organization.
  • “The barriers that were in place were not surmountable,” Alison Norris, an Ohio State professor of epidemiology and one of the report’s authors said, adding that even though many clinics expanded their capacities, it was still “insufficient to manage the losses.”