Birth Control Use Declines in States With Heavy Abortion Restrictions

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Two years after the overturn of Roe v. Wade sent abortion back to the states, America is still seeing the aftereffects. Democrats continue to campaign on the issue, which remains top of mind for many voters.

As President Biden seeks reelection, he’s committed to restoring Roe v. Wade, should he secure a second term in office. Though to truly follow through on this promise, the president will need enough congressional votes.

In 2024, ballot initiatives to codify abortion access are coming up in multiple states. Previous initiatives of this kind have seen Americans overwhelmingly vote in favor of legalized abortion, even in red states like Kansas.

Nevertheless, a new study from JAMA Open Network shines a light on the further impacts of state-level abortion restrictions.

Notable declines in birth control use

On Wednesday, the aforementioned study revealed in states with considerable abortion restrictions, the number of women using contraception has fallen. In the aftermath of overturning Roe v. Wade, the rate of birth control prescription fills dropped by 4% more than originally expected.