Potential Result of Florida’s Six-Week Abortion Ban — A Dearth of Doctors

Florida's Republican legislature didn't consider the unintended consequences

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

In the wake of the Trump-packed Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision that undid 50 years of Roe v. Wade abortion rights protections, the notoriously short-sighted and dim-witted Republican-run Florida legislature passed a law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, which went into effect in May.

Besides being one of the strictest anti-abortion laws in the country, the ban appears to be affecting the number of medical students applying for residencies in the state and is reducing the number of young physicians who plan to practice in Florida, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

According to an analysis by researchers at the nonprofit Association of American Medical Colleges, in the two residency application cycles following the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022, states with near-total abortion bans and states with gestational limits, such as Florida, saw larger year-over-year declines in residency applicants compared to states where the procedure is legal.

According to the Tampa Bay Times:

Over Half of U.S. Black Women Have No Abortion Access


“Nearly 7 million of the country’s 11.8 million Black women of reproductive age live in states with abortion restrictions or plans to implement them,” NBC News reports. “According to the report, 57% of Black women ages 15 to 49 (which the organizations consider reproductive age) live in states with bans or threats to abortion access, which have increased in the two years since the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.”

64% of Voters in Seven Swing States Favor Abortion Access


Time: “Across nearly every faith and in all but five states, a majority of Americans support at least some access to abortion. That’s a major conclusion of a new massive survey of 22,000 people from the Public Religion Research Institute. … In the seven battleground states that are expected to define the presidential race—Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—a collective 64% of residents say abortion should be legal in all or most cases.”

2023 Saw Record Number of Abortions in U.S.


A new study found the U.S. saw its highest number of abortions in over a decade during 2023, despite the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade and the subsequent wave of state-level bans on the procedure. One factor behind the increase is the increased availability of abortion drugs like mifepristone, which accounted for 63% of all abortions last year.