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Abortion rates plummet one year after overturning of Roe v. Wade

Pro-life activists around the nation celebrated the first anniversary of the overturning of Roe v. Wade in the June 24, 2022, court case of Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization.

Activist Bethany Bomberger told the New York Times that a year ago, she felt “the impossible became possible.”

A report by WeCount compared data before and after the court case. The pre-Dobbs period was April and May 2022. WeCount used data from July 2022 to March 2023 for the post-Dobbs period.

The report found that after the Dobbs case, there were 25,640 fewer abortions cumulatively. Additionally, there have been 2,699 fewer abortions per month on average since the court case.

The court case eliminated the national right to abortion, which allowed for state restrictions on abortion access. Thirteen states have total or near-total bans on abortions.

In April, WeCount released a previous report that legal abortions had already decreased by six percent in the six months following Dobbs.

Presidential candidate Mike Pence, who has focused his campaign on issues of abortion, attended a pro-life rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday.

“The work for life goes on, all across America,” the former vice president said.

Regi Degefa, a Congress staff member who attended the rally, told the New York Times that the fight isn’t over.

“It’s never going to be a win until abortion is abolished in all 50 states,” Degefa said.

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