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Abortion news coverage roundup

Monday, Nov 14, 2022 - Posted by Isabel Miller

* St. Louis Public Radio

For months, abortion providers in the Metro East have described a surge in patients since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

A national report from the Society for Family Planning has documented that increase. It notes that Illinois clinics performed nearly 30% more abortions in August than in April, even as the total number of procedures fell across the United States. […]

The group began compiling the list in early 2022. It found that Illinois providers performed nearly 7,000 abortions in August, up from 5,400 in May and April and nearly 6,000 in June.

The jump in abortions performed by Illinois clinics comes as states in the south-central region of the United States saw a 96% decrease in the number of abortions between April and August. Many patients are coming to Illinois, where abortion remains legal, from Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and other states where lawmakers swiftly banned the procedure.

* And Scape

When the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade in June, Missouri became the first state to outlaw abortion. Since then, logistics centers and clinics in neighboring states where abortions are legal are feeling the brunt of the decision. Demands for services are increasing, and people from Missouri are flocking to Illinois or Kansas get an abortion. […]

In 2020, a year after state legislators passed a strict ban on abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy, 3,391 Missourians received an abortion. Of that number, 1,837 white women and 1,160 Black women underwent the procedure. That same year, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, doctors in Illinois performed 6,578 abortions on Missouri residents. Meanwhile, the 2021 Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s preliminary data found that 3,458 Missouri residents received an abortion in Kansas. […]

A recent report from Missouri’s health department found that Black women are three times more likely to die while pregnant or within a year of pregnancy than white women. And over the past 10 years, Missouri’s maternal mortality rates have increased. Some factors for Black women residents include late entry for prenatal care, pregnancy-related homicides, and that Black mothers in rural areas of the state experience low birth weight and preterm births at a greater rate than white mothers in rural or urban areas or Black women in urban parts of the state.

This data exposes the inequities in health care access and maternal health outcomes for African American women, which points to why advocates say more Black women in Missouri will die because of lack of access to abortions.

* Shaw Local

John T. Shaw, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, said pollsters and Republicans across the country believed crime and inflation were “the twin issues that would shape the election.”

Abortion, Shaw said, was likely a larger issue propelling voters than pollsters accounted for.

“It is unclear if this is the fault of polling or if people were propelled by that issue but didn’t want to disclose that to pollsters,” Shaw said. […]

No other issue came close, the AP report said, but many other issues were named most important by about 1 in 10 voters, including abortion, health care, climate change and gun policy.

* The Tribune

The upcoming session is not expected to address other issues that played high profile roles in the election, including additional protections for abortion access and a proposed ban on assault-style weapons. Those highly fraught topics likely will be pushed off into the new year, when the current crop of lawmakers returns to Springfield for a lame-duck session before newly elected legislators are sworn in. […]

One of the challenges facing lawmakers in the upcoming session is that any measure that passes requires a three-fifths majority in both chambers if it is to take immediate effect. While Democrats hold supermajorities in both chambers, rounding up enough votes on controversial matters to clear that hurdle isn’t always a given.

That’s a major reason why any action on hot-button issues like gun control and abortion is more likely to come after the new year, when only a simple majority would be needed. […]

Pritzker and other Democrats also have been looking for ways to strengthen the state’s already formidable protections for abortion access, and to support providers who are grappling with an influx of patients from other states, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade this summer.


  1. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 14, 22 @ 11:44 am:

    === Abortion, Shaw said, was likely a larger issue propelling voters than pollsters accounted for.

    “It is unclear if this is the fault of polling or if people were propelled by that issue but didn’t want to disclose that to pollsters,” Shaw said. […]

    No other issue came close, the AP report said, but many other issues were named most important by about 1 in 10 voters, including abortion, health care, climate change and gun policy.===

    Republicans are, continue to *be*, dangerous to women’s health.

    Women voting accordingly isn’t the surprise.

    Here’s the surprise. Ready?

    Women who don’t trust Republicans ain’t gonna tell folks something that they argue is a private matter between themselves and their doctor.

    Inserting “government” in that…

    … pro-choice voters let votes do the talking.

  2. - Norseman - Monday, Nov 14, 22 @ 11:55 am:

    As others have commented in another thread, OW was on target with this issue being the driver. Other than scrubbing websites of shrill statements, the MAGA GOP didn’t adjust well.

  3. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 14, 22 @ 12:05 pm:

    - Norseman -

    Appreciate that, very much.

    Democrats, especially in Illinois figured as much too, folks far smarter than I.

    Thanks, as always.

    To the post,

    Republicans need to ask themselves a simple question;

    Can a Republican candidate for any office in Illinois get through a primary and keep the GOP engaged with them… as they run as pro-choice?

    Statewide, “collar” county wide…

  4. - Amalia - Monday, Nov 14, 22 @ 12:43 pm:

    all you have to know is that Kentucky and Kansas are not in the same place on abortion as Proft, Bailey…..

  5. - Jibba - Monday, Nov 14, 22 @ 12:49 pm:

    ===Can a Republican candidate for any office in Illinois get through a primary and keep the GOP engaged with them… as they run as pro-choice?===

    That’s a good question, and it begs a second one: If the GOP obtains power with the support of pro-choice GOP legislators, would they trust that person to buck their party as it tries to outlaw abortion and similar matters? My guess is no, since party over principles has been the recent trend.

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