Abortions increase in Pennsylvania post-Roe
The number of abortions in Pennsylvania increased after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last summer, according to a new report.
Why it matters: The new data is from a first-of-its kind study from the Society of Family Planning encompassing the full 12 months since the ruling.
State of play: Abortions in the Keystone State increased by a total of 2,700 in the year after the ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, per the report.
- There were 3,050 statewide abortion procedures in June 2023, up from 2,910 in April 2022.
- That's an increase of nearly 5%.
The big picture: The number of legal abortions in the U.S. increased overall in the year after the Dobbs decision, writes Axios' Jason Millman.
- They decreased sharply in states with restrictions or total bans on the procedure.
Zoom out: The states with the largest increases were Illinois (21,500), Florida (20,460) and North Carolina (11,830).
🧠 Be smart: Abortion remains legal up to about 24 weeks of pregnancy in Pennsylvania.
- However, there are several restrictions, such as mandated counseling and a 24-hour waiting period.
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