The First National Data on Birth Control Post-Dobbs Is Here, and the News Is Not Good

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s June 2022 Dobbs decision, as dozens of abortion clinics shut down in states with total or near-total abortion bans, reproductive justice advocates warned that the closures wouldn’t just affect patients seeking to terminate their pregnancies.

Now, in the first research to look at national trends in the use of birth control pills and emergency contraceptives in the post-Roe era, a USC study has found states with the most draconian abortion policies saw significant declines in the number of birth control prescriptions filled, especially for emergency contraception.