A new report released Tuesday shows there were more than 32,000 fewer abortions on average across the nation from July 2022 through December 2022 after the U.S. Supreme overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey on June 24, 2022. With significantly fewer abortions nationwide, now more unborn children have a chance at life and many pregnant women are being spared the horrors of abortion.
The Society of Family Planning, a pro-abortion research organization, conducted the report and delineated there was an average of 5,377 fewer abortions monthly across the country than before the Dobbscase was overturned. A further analysis of the report’s data found that abortions plummeted by nearly 96 percent in the 13 states with abortion bans put in place shortly after Roe and Casey were overturned.
In the states with current abortion bans – Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin – the report revealed they had “a cumulative total of 43,410 fewer people who had abortions,” and “a monthly average of 7,235 fewer abortions after the Dobbs decision as compared to pre-Dobbs.”
In addition, states that increased their abortion restrictions beginning in July 2022, such as Georgia, Ohio, and Arizona, also saw major declines in their average monthly abortions at a rate of “1,822, 820, and 755, respectively.”
The researchers also noted that states with legal protections for abortion experienced small increases in abortion, as well as increases in chemical abortions in the six-month period. The report stated, “…even six months after the Court’s decision, the increases in numbers of abortions in states where abortion was permitted did not compensate for the reductions seen in states where abortion was banned.” This may indicate that some pregnant women travelled to abortion-friendly states to get an abortion, but not in large numbers. As for chemical abortions, they currently account for more than half of all abortions in the U.S., according to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute. An increase may be indicative of easier access to abortion pills through relaxed regulations and illegal shipping.
The state with the most notable increase in abortion was Florida. Despite a 15-week abortion ban enacted in July 2022, the state’s monthly abortion average increased from 6,150 to 7,348, potentially due to the state’s proximity to other states with bans or tighter restrictions.
Abortion providers in Florida have challenged the state’s 15-week abortion ban with a lawsuit currently before the Florida Supreme Court. However, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law just yesterday a 6-week abortion ban, known as the “Heartbeat Protection Act,” which was passed overwhelmingly by the Florida legislature.
Liberty Counsel has filed an amicus brief to Florida’s High Court in Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, et al., v. State of Florida, et al., on behalf of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), Fiona Jackson Center for Pregnancy, and Issues4life Foundation, in defense of Florida’s 15-week abortion ban.
Liberty Counsel’s brief states, “Abortion is the modern-day offspring of eugenics. The procedure is in direct conflict with Florida’s constitutional guarantees to life and liberty. House Bill 5 furthers Florida’s compelling interest in ensuring that the rights guaranteed in the Florida Constitution extend to all its citizens, not just the born. By upholding the law, this Court should properly interpret FLA. CONST. ART. 1, SEC. 2 to guarantee the equal right to life of all Floridians and reject modern-day eugenics in this State.”
In short, Liberty Counsel’s brief explains that abortion is rooted in racism and eugenics to eliminate certain races and people. Starting with Charles Darwin and his book titled The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. (emphasis added), the full title clearly sets forth his racist ideology to eliminate certain races and people. Enter Margaret Sanger, who opened contraception clinics in minority neighborhoods. Fueled by the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, Sanger then planted abortion facilities in black and brown neighborhoods to eliminate these races and carry on its racist eugenic objectives. Planned Parenthood continues Margaret Sanger’s legacy of eliminating unborn children based on their race. Planned Parenthood has now intentionally located 86 percent of its abortion facilities in or near minority neighborhoods in the 25 U.S. counties with the most abortions.
It was an unsuccessful challenge to a 15-week abortion ban that resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wadeand Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and the Florida case could follow a similar result. Previously, Liberty Counsel also filed an amicus brief on behalf of the NHCLC and the Frederick Douglass Foundation at the U.S. Supreme Court in the Dobbs abortion case. In overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Court cited this brief acknowledging that abortion has disproportionally impacted the black community.
Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “The news of fewer abortions nationwide is encouraging and it is evident that pro-life laws are saving unborn children and protecting women. We are just now beginning to see the treasurable impact of the High Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade that will only continue to bear fruit. It is time for courts around the nation to follow suit and affirm everyone’s right to life whether born or unborn.”