In the wake of the landmark decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the battle to defend the preborn rages on in states across the nation.
And early data is revealing a staggering outcome.
This recent study of CDC data delivers a startling revelation the radical Left wishes was never uncovered.
A November study, drawing on preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), delivers a startling revelation.
“In the first six months of 2023, births rose by an average of 2.3 percent in states enforcing total abortion bans compared to a control group of states where abortion rights remained protected, amounting to approximately 32,000 additional annual births resulting from abortion bans.”
Pro-life champion Michael New, an associate scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, emphasizes the significance of this study, affirming that it is the latest in a series demonstrating that “pro-life laws have resulted in an increase in children being born.”
New highlights the challenges in accurately counting abortions due to factors like women crossing state lines or resorting to mail-order abortion pills.
However, he underscores the undeniable rise in births, offering robust evidence that more pregnancies are carried to term due to these life-affirming laws.
The study reveals distinctive patterns, with Texas and Mississippi experiencing more substantial increases in birth rates.
Melanie Israel, a policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, lauds the study as an “encouraging trend” that underscores the life-saving impact of pro-life laws.
Israel emphasizes that these percentage increases represent real opportunities for countless babies who might not have had the chance to celebrate a birthday otherwise.
Israel acknowledges that fully comprehending the impact of pro-life laws will take time.
However, she remains optimistic about the preliminary signs, noting that many lives are being saved in pro-life states.
Moreover, preceding the Dobbs decision, a June 2023 study delves into the effects of the Texas heartbeat law, implemented in September 2021.
This law, which prohibits abortion at around six weeks’ gestation, was associated with a significant uptick of 9,799 additional births in Texas between April and December 2022.
However, amidst these promising developments, a shadow looms over a reported increase in abortions nationwide post-Dobbs.
A study by the pro-abortion nonprofit Society of Family Planning suggests a rise of 2,200 cumulative abortions during the 12 months from July 2022 to June 2023 compared to the pre-Dobbs period of April and May 2022.
Michael New expresses reservations about the study’s methodology, pointing out the limited pre-Dobbs data considered.
He advocates for a more comprehensive analysis, comparing a year’s worth of pre-Dobbs data with a year of post-Dobbs data to provide a more accurate picture of trends.
Israel adds her perspective, highlighting the growing prevalence of abortion pills, particularly in blue states.
The 2021 CDC numbers show a shift, with 44.8% of abortions occurring at or before six weeks’ gestation, and medication abortion accounting for 70.6% of those cases.
In response to the study indicating an increase in births in pro-life states, Alison Gemmill, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, deems it an “assault on reproductive autonomy.”
Israel dismisses this reaction as “bizarre,” emphasizing that we are talking about babies who are already born.
The study itself predicts negative consequences, asserting that the Dobbs decision may result in unintended births and exacerbate economic inequality.
However, pro-life scholars argue against the narrative that women need abortion for societal and economic advancement.
In an amicus brief for the Dobbs case, 240 women scholars and pro-life organizations questioned the idea that women rely on abortion for progress, highlighting the decline in abortion rates and the rise of women in the workforce with a college degree.
As the battle for life rages on, these studies provide a snapshot of the complexities and triumphs in the evolving landscape of pro-life legislation.
The surge in births following total abortion bans serves as a powerful testament to the tangible impact of laws that protect and cherish the sanctity of every unborn life.
Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.