Do pro-life laws, whether state or federal, actually save lives?
According to a new study by the pro-abortion coalition WeCount, the answer is “yes”, with the number of abortions nationwide dropping by 10,000 in the first two months after the Dobbs decision.
Ten thousand lives saved are cause for celebration, though you might not guess it from the media reaction. But the effect of Dobbs won’t stop there. As is often the case, the answer goes beyond the headlines.
While WeCount’s data cannot be independently verified, it is surprising to see the abortion industry finally recognize, however reluctantly, that state pro-life laws save lives. The abortion industry often seeks to obscure, deny, or ignore research that challenges its position.
As reported in The New York Times, WeCount estimates that 22,000 fewer induced abortions were performed in states with pro-life laws in July and August, compared to the baseline beginning in April, before the Dobbs decision. In states where abortion on demand remained legal, abortions increased by about 12,000, leading to a net decline of 10,000.
Digging deeper into the report, the number of lives saved has the potential to increase dramatically in the months and years to come. There were just under 7,400 fewer abortions in August than in June. If you extrapolate this figure over 12 months, you get a drop of nearly 90,000 abortions per year.
That’s not all. Economist Phillip Levine has argued that by changing people’s sexual behavior, pro-life laws lead to fewer unexpected pregnancies. We agree. Many babies aborted in July and August would have been conceived beforeDobbs. The total number of induced abortions is likely to decline further as people change their behavior based onDobbs state pro-life laws and changing mores.
By some estimates, state and federal pro-life laws have already helped save millions of lives over the years, including limiting federal and state taxpayer funding for abortion, prohibiting states discriminatory abortions and the more recent effect of heartbeat laws in states like Texas. These new data show Dobbs will only accelerate this encouraging trend as mothers and fathers consider other options that affirm the dignity and value of every human life.
While obviously not intended by the pro-abortion authors at WeCount, their new study also shows how state pro-life laws provide a new level of protection for women who have fallen prey to the abortion industry. for-profit abortion for 50 years.
The reality that abortion advocates choose to ignore or cover up is that abortion harms women. We know from analysis of 17 years of Medicaid claims data that women whose first pregnancy ends in abortion have an average of 35% more pregnancies, 50% more miscarriages and four times more abortions than women whose first pregnancy results in a live birth. Peer-reviewed research from countries with much better public health data, such as Finland and Denmark, clearly shows that multiple abortions increase the risk of extremely preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies and the risk of premature death in subsequent pregnancies. a woman increases with each successive abortion.
This type of data is readily available to public health researchers in other countries, but is virtually unknown in the United States. Why? Incredibly, several states, including California and Maryland, do not report any official abortion data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and many others report abortion data only inconsistently. The WeCount study was based on data that abortion advocates collected directly from abortion centers, bypassing the CDC, peer-reviewed journals and other forms of data verification.
Given the stakes, one has to wonder what the abortion industry is hiding. Perhaps abortion advocates fear their tired rhetoric about “women’s reproductive health” will be exposed for the duck that it is. Worse, this type of cover-up makes it difficult for public health officials and policy makers to develop a full picture of the risks women face in abortion. It’s bad for America – and especially bad for women.
Even so, the results of the WeCount project, while lacking in accountability and objectivity, are promising. Even pro-abortion researchers confirm that pro-life laws save lives – lots of lives – by predicting a brighter, healthier future for women and their babies.
Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan is president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, which conducts peer-reviewed research in science and statistics for life. Tessa Longbons is a senior research associate at the Charlotte Lozier Institute.