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Do any state restrictions actually reduce abortion?

Even before the overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022, researcher Dr. Michael New had established that certain state measures reduce abortion rates, particularly parental involvement laws and limits on taxpayer funding of abortions. Since then, states have been able to enact far broader abortion limits, the impact of which will take some time to be fully understood. Yet evidence is already mounting that these new laws are significantly reducing abortion rates. This contradicts the claims of some abortion advocates that women will simply circumvent these measures by traveling out of state for abortions or ordering abortion pills by mail. While certainly some women are doing so, the emerging data reveal that many women are instead choosing to carry their pregnancies to term.

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