Already High Rates of Preterm Births in the U.S. Could Get Worse Following Abortion Bans

According to a March of Dimes report released late 2022, about 1 in 10 live births in the U.S. in 2021 occurred prematurely – before 37 weeks of gestation. Physicians say that approximately half of all preterm births are preventable, and can be attributed to economic and environmental factors, as well as inadequate access to prenatal health care. This phenomenon is heightened in states that restrict abortion access.