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Overturning Roe Has Meant At Least 10,000 Fewer Legal Abortions​


Volunteer clinic escorts shield a patient from anti-abortion activists outside the Hope Clinic For Women in Granite City, Illinois

The Hope Clinic for Women in southern Illinois has been serving more women from out of state since Roe v. Wade was overturned in June. Providers in the state performed 28 percent more abortions in August than in April.
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By Maggie Koerth and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux and Maggie Koerth and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux

Graphics by Paroma Soni

Oct. 30, 2022, at 9:00 AM


The same day the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, Alabama’s law banning abortion took effect. The next morning, phones began ringing in Georgia.

“We got nearly 100 calls the day after the Dobbs decision from patients in Alabama,” said Kwajelyn Jackson, executive director of the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta. In states where abortion remains at least partially legal the phones haven’t stopped ringing.

Since June, thousands of Americans have crossed state lines seeking abortion, like a pressure wave spreading out from a blast zone. A data set shared exclusively with FiveThirtyEight shows that in the two months after the Supreme Court decision, there were 10,670 fewer abortions as compared to pre-Dobbs estimates. That figure is a net, counting both declines in some states and increases in others, and it shows how a few states are absorbing some — but not all — of the demand for abortions in states where it’s now banned.

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