The study estimates that 64,000 women and girls became pregnant due to rape in states that prohibit abortion
More than 64,000 women and girls became pregnant due to rape in states that subsequently implemented abortion bans Roe v. Wade It has been overturned, according to a new research estimate published online Wednesday.
The research thesis you published JAMA Internal Medicine Led by the medical director of Planned Parenthood of Montana, it estimated that nearly 520,000 rapes were associated with 64,565 pregnancies in 14 states, most of which did not have exceptions allowing termination of pregnancies that occurred as a result of rape.
Texas topped the list, with about 45% of rape-related pregnancies occurring within the state, researchers estimated. According to the researchers, 91% of rape-related pregnancies occurred in states without exceptions for rape.
“Few (if any)” women and girls who became pregnant as a result of rape “obtained legal abortions within the state, suggesting that rape exceptions fail to provide reasonable access to abortion for survivors,” the research letter said.
The researchers used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the FBI to create their estimates.
The numbers were “really shockingly high,” said Dr. Carey White, one of the authors of the research and executive and scientific director of the pro-abortion rights group Dr. Carey White.
“Unfortunately, I think this reflects how common rape is in the United States,” she told NBC News.
Sexual violence affects millions of people every year in the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of women and about one in three men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact during their lifetime, according to the CDC.
White said abortion bans “actually interfere with people’s abilities to make very personal decisions about reproductive health care.”
“Particularly for rape survivors, their reproductive autonomy is already at risk, and state policy further hinders them from making decisions about their own health care,” she added.
According to 12 states, there are almost complete bans on abortion Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion rights organization. Although abortion is not prohibited in Wisconsin and North Dakota, access to abortion was complicated in the two states by legal uncertainty at the only abortion clinic in Wisconsin and North Dakota, the institute said.
supreme court veto The landmark Roe v. Wade decision in June 2022 broke decades of precedent. The court’s decision in Dobbs v. Women’s Health Jackson also led to a wave of states restricting or banning abortion.
Since the Dobbs decision, it has been there more In patients who travel across state lines for abortions. During the first half of 2023, nearly one in five people seeking an abortion traveled to other states to obtain abortion care, according to research Published by the Guttmacher Institute last December.
President Joe Biden has discussed expanding reproductive rights as part of his re-election bid. Travel to Virginia on Tuesday to reiterate his position that the protections provided by Roe v. Wade should be enshrined in law. He has repeatedly said that if Congress passed Roe’s abortion protection bill, he would sign it.