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Abortions in US Are Down by 6% Since June’s Supreme Court Ruling

Bans and restrictions enacted in recent months have led to a decline in legal abortions, particularly in the south. 

A person sits in an examination room at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in West Palm Beach, Florida.

A person sits in an examination room at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Photographer: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

In the months since the US Supreme Court ended constitutional protections for abortion by overturning Roe v. Wade, there have been 10,670 fewer legal abortions in the country, a decline of 6%.  

A report from the Society of Family Planning, an abortion and contraceptive advocacy group, found 5,270 fewer legal abortions in July and 5,400 fewer in August compared to April. That’s a 6% decrease, concentrated in states where abortion is now restricted or banned.