In the News: Higgins reflects on abortion access one year after Dobbs decision

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on June 24, 2023, UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director and UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH, spoke with news outlets about the consequences of restricted abortion access in Wisconsin and beyond.

One year into Wisconsin's abortion ban, struggle over access continues across state borders – Wisconsin Public Radio

In this story, Higgins discusses whether people in Wisconsin who desire abortion care are leaving the state to get it:

“"While less restrictive states such as Illinois and Minnesota have seen increases in the number of abortions, those increases do not make up for the decreases and restrictive states such as Wisconsin," she said.””

Wisconsin a year after the Dobbs decision – As Goes Wisconsin

In this radio interview, Higgins shared data about the first year without legal abortion in Wisconsin, as well reflections on how the ban affects families, communities, and the economy:

“At the larger level, we know that in the months leading up to the Dobbs decision, about 590, about 600 abortions were taking place in Wisconsin every month…and then that number has gone to virtually zero. That equates to, in the course of a year, about 7,000 abortions that have not taken place in Wisconsin that would have taken place if the Dobbs decision had not gone into effect.”

Statewide Consequences Of Restricted Abortion Access – Wisconsin Latino News