66 Abortion Centers in 15 States Have Stopped Killing Babies Thanks to Abortion Bans

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 6, 2022   |   9:51AM   |   Washington, DC

State pro-life laws have forced at least 66 abortion facilities to stop aborting unborn babies since June, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute.

Currently, 15 states are enforcing pro-life laws that prohibit or strictly limit the killing of unborn babies in abortions, and eight others are fighting in court to do the same. Most of the states began enforcing their laws after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.

The research, published Thursday, adds to the evidence that these laws are stopping abortions and saving babies’ lives. SBA Pro-Life America estimates more than 138,000 unborn babies’ lives are being saved.

CBS News reports Guttmacher found that the number of abortion facilities in the 15 states dropped from 79 to 13 since the Supreme Court ruled on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health on June 24.

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All 13 remaining abortion facilities are located in Georgia, which has a heartbeat law that protects unborn babies from abortion once their heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. The study found one abortion facility closed in Georgia, but the others are still aborting unborn babies early in pregnancy.

Meanwhile, 14 other states abortion free. They are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Of the 66 closures, 26 abortion facilities closed completely while 40 others remain open to provide other sexual and reproductive health services, according to the research. In Texas, for example, 12 closed completely this summer while 11 remain open for other services, Guttmacher found.

Newsweek reports the 15 states are home to about one third of American women of reproductive age, and abortion activists claim their pro-life laws are hurting these women.

“Much more research will need to be conducted to grasp the full extent of the chaos, confusion and harm that the U.S. Supreme Court has unleashed on people needing abortions, but the picture that is starting to emerge should alarm anyone who supports reproductive freedom and the right to bodily autonomy,” Rachel Jones, a Guttmacher researcher, told CBS News.

But doctors like Dr. Monique Chireau Wubbenhorst, a prominent OB-GYN and former professor at Duke University School of Medicine, say abortion bans are helping women and saving unborn babies.

“Abortion not only poses risk to the mother. It is always lethal to an unborn child. It is my opinion that abortion is not health care,” she told Congress in September. “The goal of any abortion is … to kill the embryo or fetus, which is a human being.”

Other doctors have been pointing to research that abortions may be more dangerous for pregnant mothers than childbirthTens of thousands of doctors also confirm that babies in the womb are valuable human beings and second patients in every pregnancy, and abortion is not health care.

Growing research indicates state pro-life laws do stop abortions and save lives. While some women will travel to other states for abortions or order abortion drugs online, many others will have their babies instead.

For example, a 2020 study by Robert Kaestner of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy examined how the distance to an abortion facility affects abortion rates. The research found that the abortion rate in a county with an abortion facility 60 to 90 miles away was approximately 50 percent lower than a county with an abortion facility within 30 miles.

“Dr. Kaestner’s research suggests that the increasing number of states that severely restrict abortion are likely to significantly decrease the number of abortions,” according to a statement from the university.

Previously, the Guttmacher Institute estimated as many as 26 states will ban or strictly limit abortions now that Roe is gone. Right now, Indiana, Ohio and others are fighting lawsuits from pro-abortion groups that have succeeded in temporarily blocking their pro-life laws.

If these eight states succeed in protecting unborn babies from abortion, SBA Pro-Life America estimates approximately 200,000 unborn babies will be saved from abortions every year.