(PartiallyPolitics.com) – JAMA Pediatrics’ new study has found that the restrictions on abortions have resulted in a higher number of children ending up in foster care.
According to The Foster Care Institute founder and director John DeGarmo, who has previously fostered over 60 children, there are many children in the system who suffer from attachment and trust issues. He has also pointed out that foster children are far more likely to run away, and could end up being at greater risk of human trafficking. He further noted that oftentimes these children suffer from anxiety, and trauma, have behavioral issues and even struggle academically which results in them dropping out.
DeGarmo told Newsweek that the country’s foster care system was going through a crisis and that there were more children entering the system while there were not enough foster parents to support them.
This is also evident in the JAMA study which found that there has been an 11 percent increase in the children in foster care following the enactment of restrictive abortion laws in many states. These abortion laws have been going into effect across the country since the 2022 U.S. Supreme ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization which overturned Roe v. Wade. As a result, abortion is no longer protected federally and there have been restrictive laws introduced in 26 states, while in 14 of them, the procedure has been completely banned.
In 2021 there were over 400,000 children in foster care, and that number is expected to continue increasing as women are not allowed to have abortions.
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