by Micaiah Bilger, for LifeNews.com
Vermont saw a drop in abortions in the past twelve months even though lawmakers passed several radical pro-abortion measures, according to new data from the state health department.
The VT Digger first reported about the preliminary data, which shows a decline in abortions among both in- and out-of-state women.
According to the Vermont Health Department, there were 925 abortions between June 24, 2022, the day Roe v. Wade was overturned, and early June 2023. In comparison, the department reported 1,033 abortions in 2021.
What’s more, nearly all of the abortions in that time period were on pregnant mothers from Vermont or neighboring pro-abortion states, the report found. In the 12 months post-Roe, there were 154 abortions on women from out-of-state, compared to 215 in 2021, the data shows.
The numbers do not match with abortion activists’ predictions. Many claimed pro-life state laws would lead to an increase in abortion traffic throughout New England.
According to the VT Digger, a few women did come to Vermont from pro-life states for abortions, but most were from neighboring New Hampshire where abortions also are legal.
The decline happened despite pro-abortion legislation passing in Vermont, too. In November, the state added a constitutional amendment that creates a “right” to abort unborn babies for basically any reason up to birth.
Despite abortion activists’ efforts, the data from Vermont other states indicates that pro-life laws are saving lives.
In Iowa, for example, a new report from the pro-abortion Society of Family Planning shows an average of 48 fewer abortions per month from April 2022 to December 2022, according to Axios.
Iowa is trying to protect unborn babies from abortion, but it has not been able to enforce an abortion ban thus far due to a legal challenge. Still, its abortion numbers are down.
Meanwhile, another new study by Johns Hopkins found that nearly 10,000 more babies were born in Texas after its heartbeat law went into effect in 2021.
In other states where elective abortions are banned or strictly limited, tens of thousands more babies have been saved in the past year. Estimates vary, but the Society of Family Planning reports abortions dropped by about 24,000 after the Supreme Court ruled on Dobbs.
Currently, 15 states protect unborn babies from abortion, and other states like Iowa, Florida and Ohio have been fighting in court to do the same.
Author is a staff writer at LifeNews.com