(NewsGlobal.com)- A study published in advance of a judgment by the Supreme Court that could reverse the Roe decision found that the number of abortions done in the United States has increased following a reduction that lasted for thirty years.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights, the total number of abortions conducted and the rate at which they were performed increased between 2017 and 2020.
According to the institute, this development highlights the fact that “the need for abortion treatment in the United States is expanding just at the time when the United States Supreme Court appears poised to overturn or gut Roe v. Wade.”
According to the Abortion Provider Census conducted by Guttmacher, which the group describes as “the most comprehensive data collection effort on abortion provision in the United States,” there were 8 percent more abortions in 2020 than in 2017 in the United States.
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case widely followed in Mississippi, was not one of the six decisions the Supreme Court handed down on Wednesday. The lawsuit challenges a law in Mississippi that prohibits all abortions after 15 weeks, except for situations involving a fetal defect or a medical emergency.
A draft of the majority opinion, which would overturn Roe v. Wade and fifty years’ worth of court rulings that prevent states from outlawing abortion, was discovered to have been leaked in May.
If the Roe v. Wade decision is reversed, there is a strong possibility that as many as 26 states will pass legislation to criminalize abortion.
Guttmacher, in a released statement, said that if more individuals are obtaining the health care they want and need, then an increase in the number of abortions is a development that should be viewed favorably. Instead of lowering the number of abortions, policymakers should prioritize meeting the needs of individuals and upholding their right to bodily autonomy.
According to the most recent statistics, there were 930,160 abortions performed in the United States in 2018, an increase of 8% compared to the number of abortions performed in 2017.
There were 13.5 abortions performed on every 1,000 women aged 15–44 in 2017, but in 2018, that number rose to 14.4 per 1,000 women, representing a 7 percent raise.
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