According to FiveThirtyEight, the Dobbs decision to take away rights from women has resulted in at least 10,000 FEWER legal abortions:
But nationwide, the movement of abortions from states with bans and restrictions to those with fewer restrictions on access wasn’t enough to make up the shortfall. Between April and August, the number of abortions declined by 6 percent, and it’s likely that the decline in abortions represents thousands of women who sought abortions illegally or didn’t get one at all. If these trends persist, there could be at least 60,000 fewer abortions in the next year as a result of the Dobbs decision.
The alert reader probably noticed that I italicized the word legal in the intro, because I am sure that some women sought unsafe abortions in probably dangerous and most likely now-illegal ways.
The #WeCount data suggests that thousands of Americans traveled long distances to obtain abortions in July and August. In just those 15 states where abortion was either banned or became illegal after six weeks in the wake of Dobbs, there was a reduction of approximately 21,000 abortions relative to April and May. In some states with total bans, like Alabama and Mississippi, the number of abortions fell to zero in July; in others, the numbers were drastically reduced but clinics were able to serve reduced numbers of patients due to court orders or slightly less stringent restrictions. Clustered together across the South and Upper Midwest, these states formed blocs where obtaining an abortion required leaving the region, rather than crossing a single border.
That’s 10,000 real-life people, not theoretical people, who against their will have been forced to take dramatic action that just months earlier was unthinkable. This is an outrage.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that notorious Witch Burner Sam Alito has reshaped America, but it is also not an exaggeration to say that he has made life for American women much, much worse. If he had any sense of shame, he would resign and seek penance.
I cannot emphasize this enough: everyone needs to stand in solidarity with women. If we vote in big numbers, and if we get two at least 52 Democratic Senators, we can fix this travesty and restore women’s rights from the Opus Dei, er, illegitimate Supreme Court.