July 1, 2022 – Message from the U.S. Supreme Court on the edge of Overturning the Roe v. Wade case led to a sharp rise in web searches for abortion drugs, a new study shows.
On May 2, 2022, Politico leaked a draft majority opinion showing that the court intends to revoke the warrant’s option to have abortion.
During the week of the leak from May 1 to May 8, Google recorded 350,000 Internet searches for abortion drugs, the largest number since the search company began collecting data in 2004, according to findings released June 29. JAMA Internal Medicine.
“While we can’t be 100% sure about the intent behind these searches, it’s possible that women are trying to find out how safe and effective these pills are, or how to get them,” said Dr. Adam Poliak, a professor of computer science at Bryn Mawr School of Medicine. , Bryn Mawr, Pa., co-author of the study. “Once abortion becomes illegal, people may seek to stockpile these pills, or they’re looking for alternatives.”
Reproductive rights laws vary from state to state.This patchwork court decision Roe was overturned on Friday, with some states banning abortion outright, while others severely restrict it. Poliak’s team assigned each state a rating from A to F based on the state’s restrictions.
Researchers report that online searches for abortion drugs are more common in lower-ranked or more restrictive states, including Nebraska (F), Iowa (C) and Missouri (D), which are Weekly has the highest search volume.
“The increased interest in abortion drugs should alert physicians that many of their patients may seek this option with or without them,” Poliak and colleagues wrote.
Medical abortions now account for more than half of terminated pregnancies in the country, according to Guttmacher Institute. One Research in the past published in JAMA Network Open Almost 7 percent of U.S. women ages 18 to 49 were found to have attempted a self-managed abortion, including taking herbal remedies and placing a foreign body in the uterus. Poliak and other experts predict that Roe’s reversal could lead to an increase in potentially harmful abortion attempts. He said the court’s ruling should keep doctors on high alert for patient safety.