Researchers at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health recently published a study that analyzed patterns of women seeking abortions in Georgia compared to those in contiguous states. Their findings are published in Maternal and Child Health Journal 2020. Ms. Rachel Shapiro, Ms. Blake Erhardt-Ohren, and Dr. Roger Rochat, all from Rollins were authors on the article.
Using vital statistics data from Georgia women seeking abortions from 1994 to 2016, the researchers found that out-of-state residents accounted for 1 in 10 abortions in Georgia during that period with the majority of out-of-state abortions (91 percent) coming from Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Additionally, while the number of abortions sought by Georgia residents decreased over the study period, the number of women from the five states bordering Georgia increased in the same period.
Additional findings include: