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65,000 pregnancies survived after rape in the US – a direct consequence of the ban on abortion?

This decision caused a severe shock, but the consequences are even more severe. In June 2022, the US Supreme Court struck down the right to abortion. Since then, fourteen states have banned it within their borders. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine estimated the number of pregnancies caused by rape at nearly 65,000 between July 2022 and January 2024 across all states that cut off women’s access to abortion. The results “probably underestimate” reality, one of the authors, Samuel Dickman of Planned Parenthood of Montana, told New Scientist.

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To arrive at this figure, the researchers first used data from multiple sources to estimate the number of reported and unreported rapes committed in the 14 states examined. They then determined the proportion of rapes that resulted in pregnancy, based in part on the Sexual Assault Survey conducted from 2016 to 2017 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Source: Le Parisien

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