Six charts showing how abortion has changed in America since the law was repealed

Six charts showing how abortion has changed in America since the law was repealed

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

Since then, an estimated 58 million women across America have had their reproductive rights challenged.

These charts show what has happened since this prevailing reversal.

How abortion laws have changed

hours after The Supreme Court justices have rendered their verdictMissouri was the first state to “effectively end abortion,” in the words of its attorney general.

The Midwestern state was one of 13 to have previously passed “trigger legislation” — bans poised to take effect pending the ruling’s overturn.

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

However, judges in some states blocked these bans. Louisiana’s trigger law was halted after just three days, and its status has changed three more times.

The state of abortion today

The picture is broken. Some legislators have sought to strengthen reproductive rights, while their counterparts across state legislatures are doing the opposite.

Kansas voters on Aug. 2 rejected an amendment that would have allowed Republican lawmakers to ban or further restrict abortion.

The White House was quick to issue a statement: “This vote highlights 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 care decisions.”

The courts have become a battlefield. President Biden’s administration filed its first lawsuit against Idaho’s planned total abortion ban on Tuesday.

In some more conservative states like Idaho, which have long sought to limit 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’ve seen an increase in interest in their services.

It involves taking two pills prescribed by a healthcare provider and most importantly, pregnant women can take them from the comfort of their own home.

Hey Jane has seen a 107% increase in web visitors and almost a fifth more patients in the 30 days since Roe fell.

Chief Executive KiKi Freedman said it was a testament to the importance of telemedicine abortion “particularly when it comes to accepting patients from overloaded 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.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, which released data on US women this May, they accounted for 54% of all abortions.

Continue reading:
Roe v Wade: How did we get here?
Kansas votes to protect abortion rights in state constitution after Supreme Court ruling

Who is most affected?

Of the estimated 58 million American women of childbearing age, this one has an abortion.

If you’re a woman in your 20s, you’re in the group most likely to have an abortion.

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

In terms of ethnicity, non-Hispanic Black women make up the largest group at 38.4%, closely followed by White women at 33.4%.

Figures show that people who have had an abortion are more likely to have had children, 60% of women have.

What could happen next?

More litigation and more political repercussions.

Anti-abortion Republicans will be watching the outcome in Kansas as the November midterm campaign heats up.

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

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