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Ending Roe Was Supposed to Reduce Abortions. It Didn’t.

Nov 29, 2023
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Margot Sanger-Katz discusses the surprising impact of overturning Roe v. Wade. Despite state bans, abortion rates have slightly increased nationwide. The Biden administration's changes in rules have increased access to abortions through telemedicine and remote doctors. Overturning Roe has unintentionally led to an unexpected increase in abortions.
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  • Approximately 25% of women in states that banned abortion chose to carry their pregnancies to term instead of terminating them.
  • The distance to the nearest abortion clinic significantly influenced the increase in births in states with abortion bans, with longer distances resulting in higher rates of births.

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Impact of Roe v. Wade Overturning on Abortion Rates

After the Roe v. Wade decision was overturned, the number of abortions in the 13 states that banned abortion immediately increased significantly. In the first six months after the decision, there were approximately 32,000 more births in these states than expected, indicating a 2.3% increase in the birth rate. This result suggests that about 25% of women who would have terminated their pregnancies chose to carry them to term instead.

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