On June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling on the Dobbs v Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization case, effectively overturning federal protections on abortion access, and giving way to state restrictions on abortion access across the country.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS FROM MOST RECENT FINDINGS

#WeCount compared July and August, the first two full months after the Dobbs decision, to a pre-Dobbs baseline (April 2022). A press release and our report on the findings are now available.

Nationally, the number of abortions decreased following Dobbs.  Table shows that 6% decrease in abortions nationally from April to August 2022.
10,600 fewer people had an abortion in the two months immediately following Dobbs.
Shifts in the number of abortions varied by state between April and August.
States that banned or severely restricted abortion saw a 95% decrease in abortions.   Meanwhile, in states where abortion remained legal with few restrictions, there was a comparatively small increase, 11%

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Acknowledgements

These results are made possible by the many people who provide abortion care who generously participated in this collaborative effort.

Contributors

This report was prepared with the support of by #WeCount Co-Chairs and Society of Family Planning staff with guidance from the Research Steering Committee members, as well as the support of many members of the Society of Family Planning community.

#WeCount Co-Chairs

  • Alison Norris, MD, PhD; Ohio State University College of Public Health
  • Ushma Upadhyay, PhD, MPH; University of California, San Francisco

#WeCount Research Steering Committee

  • Abigail Aiken, MD, PhD, MPH; University of Texas at Austin
  • Danielle Bessett, PhD, MA; University of Cincinnati
  • Anitra Beasley, MD, MPH; Baylor College of Medicine
  • Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH; University of Wisconsin
  • Rachel Jones, PhD; Guttmacher Institute
  • Whitney Rice, DrPH, MPH; Emory University
  • Hannah Simons, DrPH; Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Mikaela Smith, PhD; Ohio State University College of Public Health
  • Terri-Ann Thompson, PhD; Ibis Reproductive Health
  • Kari White, PhD, MPH; University of Texas at Austin

#WeCount Society of Family Planning Staff

  • Vanessa Arenas, MPH; Senior Project Manager
  • Jenny O’Donnell, ScD; Director of Grantmaking and Evaluation
  • Claire Yuan, BA; Senior Learning Systems and Practices Coordinator