As reported in The New York Times, an estimated 22,000 fewer induced abortions were performed in states with pro-life laws in July and August, compared with the baseline beginning in April. In states where abortion-on-demand remained legal, abortions increased by roughly 12,000, leading to a net decline of 10,000.
"Researchers contacted abortion centers and asked them to share the number of abortions that have been performed in the months leading up to and then after Dobbs, and they found that abortions nationwide had declined by over 10,000 in the months directly after Dobbs," Longbons relays. "So even despite the fact that some women from pro-life states went out of state for abortions, abortions overall went down, and lives were saved."
Rejoicing in that fact, she recognizes that the report clearly indicates "a lot of opportunity to save unborn babies and protect women" in the months and years ahead.
"States have already been working to enact pro-life legislation," notes Longbons. "Many states have already put pro-life laws into effect, and so there's the potential that we could save thousands of lives in the years after Dobbs."
Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health Organization is the case brought out of Mississippi to the U.S. Supreme Court that overturned the 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling that forced abortion on all 50 states.