A recently released study by The Institute of Labor Economics shows the direct impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe in states, like Kentucky, that have bans on abortion.
According to their analysis, abortion bans have saved tens of thousands of babies just in the first six months of 2023 alone. The researchers that conducted the study stated that the analysis reveals the “most profound transformation of the landscape of U.S. abortion access in 50 years.”
The study reveals that births rose by an average of 2.3%, resulting in approximately 32,000 additional annual births, in states that are enforcing a near-total abortion ban compared to states in the control group where abortion remains legal.
Kentucky saw an even greater increase than the average at 3.4%.
It’s also important to note that the actual number of babies saved is much likely higher, as LifeNews.com reported:
“With the Supreme Court overturning Roe in June 2022, the number of babies saved from abortions thanks to pro-life state laws is clearly higher given that abortion has been illegal in at least some states for 18 months.”
Kentucky’s Human Life Protection Act (also known as a “trigger” law) prohibiting abortion in the Commonwealth went into effect after the Dobbs decision overturning Roe. The law was initially challenged in Court but has now been in full effect for over a year.
These results reveal that pro-life advocates for the last fifty years have made progress in building a culture of life, and that pro-life policies in states like Kentucky are making an impact and must continue to be promoted to protect all human life throughout the United States.