Number of Abortions in the United States Likely to Be Higher in 2023 than in 2020

Latest Monthly Abortion Provision Study findings also include first data for Wisconsin following the resumption of some abortion services in the state The Guttmacher Institute has released new data from the Monthly Abortion Provision Study , an initiative launched in 2023 to provide monthly estimates of the number of abortions within the formal US health care system. The latest estimates cover the period January–October 2023, and reflect the number of facility-based procedural and medications abortions, as well as medication abortions provided via telehealth and virtual providers. National Increase in Abortion In the first 10 months of 2023, there were an estimated 878,000 abortions in the formal US health care system, 94% as many abortions as were provided in 2020 (930,000). Approximately 88,000 abortions have been provided in the formal health care system per month so far in 2023, so with two months of data yet to be published, it is very likely that the total number of abortions provided in 2023 will substantially exceed 2020 numbers. The actual increase in abortions is likely even larger than these numbers suggest because these counts do not include abortions occurring outside the formal health care system, which are likely to have increased substantially following the implementation of state bans and restrictions. Many factors have contributed to more abortions in 2023, including the following: Abortions were already increasing in many US states prior to the Dobbs decision, as reported in Guttmacher’s 2020 Abortion Provider Census : Abortions increased by 8% from 2017 to 2020, reversing 30 years of a declining abortion rate. Interstate travel for abortion care has increased, largely facilitated by practical support networks (like abortion funds) that have helped patients navigate financial and logistical barriers. Access to abortion has increased in states that passed protective abortion policies following the fall of […]

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