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The May 2 publication of the leaked draft of the Supreme Court majority decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization indicates that the Supreme Court plans to explicitly overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

While the draft opinion is not yet final 26 states are likely or certain to ban abortion if the Court issues a similar decision in June. Amanda Jean Stevenson’s research, published in Demography in 2021, indicates that the pregnancy-related mortality impact of a total abortion ban would increase deaths, with the greatest increase in deaths occurring in Non-Hispanic Black people. Many other studies document the links between adoption of restrictive abortion policies and increases in maternal morbidity and mortality in the US and in other settings.

Below, some of our affiliates’ recent publications related to abortion:

Upadhyay, Ushma D.; Cartwright, Alice F.; & Grossman, Daniel (2022). Barriers to Abortion Care and Incidence of Attempted Self-Managed Abortion among Individuals Searching Google for Abortion Care: A National Prospective Study. Contraception, 106, 49-56.

Jovel, Iris J.; Cartwright, Alice F.; Ralph, Lauren; & Upadhyay, Ushma D. (2021). Abortion Waiting Periods and Decision Certainty among People Searching Online for Abortion Care. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 137(4), 597-605. PMCID: PMC7984762.

Cartwright, Alice F.; Tumlinson, Katherine; & Upadhyay, Ushma D. (2021). Pregnancy Outcomes After Exposure to Crisis Pregnancy Centers among an Abortion-Seeking Sample Recruited Online. PLOS ONE, 16(7), e0255152. PMCID: PMC8318304. 10.1371/journal.pone.0255152

Upadhyay, Ushma D.; McCook, Ashley A.; Bennett, Ariana H.; Cartwright, Alice F.; & Roberts, Sarah C. M. (2021). State Abortion Policies and Medicaid Coverage of Abortion are Associated With Pregnancy Outcomes among Individuals Seeking Abortion Recruited using Google Ads: A National Cohort Study. Social Science & Medicine, 274, 113747.

Alvey, Jeniece L.; Bryant, Amy G.; Speizer, Ilene S.; Morgan, S. Philip; Tippett, Rebecca M.; Curtis, Siân L.; Hodgkinson, Jennifer C.; & Perreira, Krista M. (2017). Trends in Abortion Incidence and Availability in North Carolina, 1980-2013. Southern Medical Journal, 110(11), 714-721. PMCID: PMC5672819.