Six Graphs Revealing How Abortion Has Changed in the United States Since the Law Was Overturned

The Supreme Court struck down Roe v Wade 40 days ago, ending a constitutional right that women had enjoyed for nearly four decades: the right to have an abortion.

Since then, the reproductive rights of an estimated 58 million women across America have been questioned.

These graphs show what has happened since the reversal of the decision.

How abortion laws have changed

hours after the Supreme Court judges handed down judgmentMissouri became the first state to “effectively end abortion” – in the words of its attorney general.

The Midwestern state was one of 13 that have already passed “trigger laws” – bans set to go into effect in anticipation of the decision being reversed.

In the days that followed, states like South Carolina and South Dakota also banned the procedure.

Judges in some states have blocked these bans. Louisiana’s trigger law was lifted after just three days and its status changed three more times.

The abortion situation today

The image is fractured. In some, lawmakers have mobilized to enforce reproductive rights, while their legislative counterparts across state lines do the opposite.

Kansas voters rejected a proposed amendment on Aug. 2 that would allow their Republican lawmakers to ban or further restrict abortion.

The White House was quick to issue a statement: “This vote makes clear what we know: the majority of Americans agree that women should have access to abortion and should have the right to make their own health decisions.”

The courts became a battleground. President Biden’s administration filed its first legal case on Tuesday against a planned total ban on abortion in Idaho.

In some more conservative states like Idaho, which have a long history of trying to restrict reproductive rights, it seems only a matter of time before abortion is restricted.

The rise of medical abortions

Medical abortions can be performed at home, and telemedicine providers said they have noticed an increase in interest in their services.

It involves taking two pills prescribed by a healthcare professional, and crucially, pregnant women can take them in the comfort of their own home.

Hey Jane has experienced a 107% increase in web visitors in the 30-day period since Roe was taken down and nearly a fifth more patients.

Chief executive KiKi Freedman said it’s evidence of how crucial telemedicine abortion is “especially when it comes to absorbing patients from overwhelmed clinics and offering a quick treatment option for people who face long wait times for in-person appointments.”

Home abortions have increased in recent years, particularly during the pandemic, and are now expected to play an even bigger role.

They accounted for 54% of all abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which released data on American women in May of this year.

See More information:
Roe vs Wade: How did we get here?
Kansas votes to protect abortion rights in state constitution after Supreme Court ruling

Who is most affected?

Out of an estimated 58 million American women of reproductive age, this is the one having an abortion.

If you are a woman in your 20s, you are in the group most likely to miscarry.

They make up nearly two-thirds of the total number, with women over 40 and girls under 19 representing 3.7% and 8.8%, respectively.

In terms of ethnicity, non-Hispanic black women make up the largest group with a share of 38.4%, and are closely followed by white women with 33.4%.

The numbers show that people who had an abortion were more likely to already have children, 60% of women had.

What could happen next?

More legal battles and more political repercussions.

Anti-abortion Republicans will be watching the result in Kansas as the campaign for November’s midterm elections heats up.

Meanwhile, pro-choice Democrats are hoping to get a boost from voters who think Republicans have strayed too far to the right.

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