The abortion ban in the U.S. state of Kentucky is producing the result that was intended. Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services has reported that the state was abortion-free in August and September, down from several hundred abortions per month earlier in the year.
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The collapse in abortions taking place in the state follows an August 1 order by a state appeals court to reinstate the commonwealth’s “trigger” law, which banned elective abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade at the end of June this year.
The very welcome news follows other reports of a significant drop in the number of abortions taking place in the US since the Supreme Court decision.
According to the group #WeCount, there were at least 10,000 fewer abortions carried out in the U.S. in the two months after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022.
#WeCount has close ties to the pro-abortion movement but the figures it compiled are at least worthy of consideration. They recorded the dramatic decrease in abortions in states that have introduced bans or restrictions on abortion and document the increase in abortions in States like Minnesota and Illinois, where women from neighbouring states appear to be travelling to access abortions.
Taking everything into account, the group that compiled the figures estimate that 10,570 fewer abortions took place in the U.S. between July and August than would typically occur year on year during these two months.
The drop in the number of abortions taking place since the Dobbs decision in June shows that pro-life laws save lives. Ireland proved this to be the case prior to repeal and now the same is happening in the U.S. It’s why we must keep pushing for step by step changes in this country, including insisting on positive alternatives to abortion being prioritised in ad campaigns instead of the incessant promotion of abortion that’s currently happening.