63% of US Abortions in 2023 Were Medical, Reveals Changing Patterns 

63% of US Abortions in 2023 Were Medical, Reveals Changing Patterns. Credit | Getty Images
63% of US Abortions in 2023 Were Medical, Reveals Changing Patterns. Credit | Getty Images

United States: Combined, new surveys by the Guttmacher Institute revealed that medical abortion was the most common type of abortion across the United States in 2023, accounting for 63 percent after the accomplishment of the Supreme Court’s ruling to determine on the overturn of Roe v. Wade verdict. 

The first numerical evidence of the subject was revealed on Tuesday about the total number of women who received abortion pills in 2023 in states where bans were in place. 

More about the news 

The survey, issued by #WeCount and supported by the Society of Family Planning, discovered that monthly, about 8000 women from the states restricting access to abortion can receive abortion pills via telehealth services from the states where the law is more liberal. 

63% of US Abortions in 2023 Were Medical, Reveals Changing Patterns. Credit | Getty Images
63% of US Abortions in 2023 Were Medical, Reveals Changing Patterns. Credit | Getty Images

What more do the reports say? 

According to the #WeCount report, it was established that around 86,000 abortions were carried out monthly in the U. S in the year 2023, which was 4,000 more a month as compared to the year 2022. Of this total, approximately 8,000 were accessed last year under shield laws. 

These shield laws are meant to protect doctors, nurse practitioners, and midwives as they prescribe abortion pills to patients in areas with no access to the medication. 

The report indicates that the five states that have passed shield laws, where witnesses cannot be prosecuted for testifying, are Massachusetts, Washington, Colorado, Vermont, and New York. They do not even have challenges and, therefore, have not yet been tested in court. 

According to Alison Norris, Co-Chair of #WeCount stated while talking about the report, “Even as the total national number of abortions nationally has increased, we can’t lose sight of the fact that access to in-person abortion care has virtually disappeared in states where abortion is banned,” as USA Today reported. 

Role of Telehealth 

Telehealth has always occupied an acceptably large place in abortion care, but now it is even more so. End-of-year data as of 2023 identified about 17,000 medical abortions being performed monthly through physical clinics together with telemedicine, as stated in the report from Medic. 

According to Dr. Ushma Upadhya, the other Co-Chair of #WeCount, “Access to medication abortion through telehealth continues to play an ever-increasing role in abortion care nationwide—even as the Supreme Court weighs the fate of telehealth abortion care.” 

“The need for abortion care across the country demands that providers, advocates, and lawmakers continue to come together to innovate new strategies to help people access abortion care,” She added.