Abortion Bans Leads to Rise in Children in Foster Care

Abortion Bans Leads to Rise in Children in Foster Care

Abortion Bans Leads to Rise in Children in Foster Care 1188 1186 Kim Beck

Fact!

Abortion bans lead to more children placed in foster care.

  • A study conducted by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Bentley University found an 11% increase in children entering the foster system in states where abortion access is restricted
  • Children from marginalized racial and ethnic communities are most at risk
  • Since SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade, 23 states have enacted restrictions on abortion access, with total bans in 14 states
  • 25 million women of child bearing age in the US (1/3 of women ages 15-45) live in areas where abortion care is severely restricted 
  • With over 4 million children in the US placed into foster care between 2000 and 2020, many states are already facing overburdened foster care systems

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Sources: AAFBIDMCHarvard Medical School