The supply of pill packs for self-managed abortion increased substantially after the U.S. Supreme Court eliminated the constitutional right to choose abortion

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2024

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University of Texas at Austin Population Research Center

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In the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision in June 2022, the United States Supreme Court eliminated the constitutional right to choose an abortion. Several states, particularly in the south, immediately imposed total or near-total abortion bans or severely restricted abortion access. In this brief, PRC faculty scholar Abigail Aiken and colleagues identified the number of abortion medications that entities outside of the formal U.S. health care system supplied to people in the U.S. as well as estimated of the number of people who used the medications to self-manage a medication abortion in the 6 months after the Dobbs decision. They found that community networks, telemedicine organizations, and online vendors provided a total of 35,587 medications for self-managed abortion in the 6 months post-Dobbs and that community networks accounted for over half of the total supply post-Dobbs. After accounting for the estimated rate of supplied vs. used medications, as well as estimates of what usage would have been in the absence of the Dobbs decision, the number of self-managed abortions that took place increased by an estimated 26,055 in the 6 months after Dobbs. The authors argue that self-managed abortion will likely continue to be the way many people access abortion in the U.S. post-Dobbs.

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Aiken, A.R.A, Wells, E.S., Gomperts, R. & Scott, J.G. (2024). The supply of pill packs for self-managed abortion increased substantially after the U.S. Supreme Court eliminated the constitutional right to choose abortion. PRC Research Brief 9(2).