1 of 4 | Abortion-rights activists gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Monday to support legalized abortion protected by the 1973 ruling in Roe vs. Wade. Photo by Bonnie Cash/UPI | License Photo
Wednesday's report said the number of abortions increased in all four regions of the United States over that period. The rise was 12% in the West, 10% in the Midwest, 8% in the South and 2% in the Northeast.
One reason for the increase, the institute said, is that some states expanded Medicaid abortion coverage and most women who seek abortions are from lower income classes who qualify for Medicaid.
An anti-abortion demonstrator stands outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday with the word "Life" taped across his mouth. Photo by Bonnie Cash/UPI
"The long-term decline in abortions in the United States that started 30 years ago has reversed ... underscoring that the need for abortion care in the United States is growing," the institute said in a statement.
The report also showed that local and national abortion funds expanded their capacity between 2017 and 2020 and helped more people pay for the procedure.
"The Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe vs. Wade at a time when need for abortion care has been increasing-including in many of the 26 states likely to ban abortion following the court's official decision on the Mississippi case," the institute added.
"This means the impact of the ruling could be even more devastating than predicted by prior analyses, particularly for people across the country who already struggle to access abortion care."
Wednesday's analysis found significant increases in abortions in Illinois, Mississippi and Oklahoma -- while Missouri, Oregon and South Dakota saw fewer abortions over the three-year period.
Polling has consistently shown that a majority of Americans support some form of legal abortion.
The Supreme Court is expected to deliver its decision in the Mississippi case before the current term ends late this month or early next.