More than 200 abortion centers could close when Supreme Court Roe v. Wade. overthrows
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More than 200 abortion centers could close when Supreme Court Roe v. Wade. overthrows

More than 200 abortion centers in the United States could close if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade this summer and allows states to protect unborn babies from abortion once again.

Bloomberg reports that the estimate comes from a new Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) study at the University of California San Francisco.

According to the study, 202 abortion facilities (more than 25 percent) would likely close if the Supreme Court overthrows Roe, as many expect will happen this summer from the Mississippi abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health.

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These facilities are located in states expected to protect unborn babies by banning or strictly restricting abortions without Roe in the way. Some are already closing, and hundreds of thousands of unborn babies could be saved from abortion.

In 2021, there were 790 abortion facilities in the US, up from 749 in 2018, the ANSIRH researchers found. Most new facilities opened during that period were “telehealth,” meaning they sold abortion drugs to women with little medical supervision.

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The researchers attributed the upturn largely to the Biden administration, which began allowing abortion facilities to sell abortion drugs through the mail without ever seeing the woman.

A new report from the Guttmacher Institute shows that abortions increased over the same period and that approximately 930,000 unborn babies were aborted by 2020.

The states with the highest number of abortion facilities in 2021 were California (168), New York (89), and Florida (55), according to the ANSIRH study. However, the situation in Florida may change after Governor Ron DeSantis signed a 15-week abortion ban into law this spring; the law is due to come into effect on July 1 and could save thousands of babies lives.

Meanwhile, six states had one abortion facility: Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming, the researchers found. All or most of these could close if the Supreme Court overthrows Roe.

Another interesting finding, the researchers pointed out that Planned Parenthood, a billion-dollar abortion chain, now controls more than half of all abortion facilities in the US. The most recent annual report also showed a record number of abortions, more than 354,000, in 2019.

While ANSIHR has a clear bias towards abortion, the researchers in the new study also acknowledged that while some women can travel to other states for an abortion, others will have their babies instead. And another study by researchers at the same university found that, overwhelmingly, women who were later denied an abortion were glad they didn’t abort their unborn babies.

Many expect the Supreme Court to make a final ruling on the Dobbs case in June.

Polls consistently show that most Americans support stronger legal protections for unborn babies than Roe allows. A new poll by Rasmussen shows that more Americans want Roe v. Wade quashed (48 percent) than the ruling remains in effect (45 percent). LifeNews has featured 11 recent polls here.

Since Roe in 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions.