Elaine Gilmartin
2 min readJan 25, 2024

by Elaine Gilmartin

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64,565 lives interrupted

64,565 dreams that will not be realized

64,565 made prisoners of their bodies

64,565 crime victims given life sentences

64,565 traumas relived day after day, year after year

64,565 more descend into poverty

64,565 losses compounded immeasurably

64,565 families forever altered

64,565 sacrifices of pain and loss and isolation not chosen

64,565 children will learn their genesis was their mother’s worst horror

64,565 revelations that no one cares about the life they were forced to carry

More than 64,500 pregnancies have resulted from rape in the 14 states that banned abortion since Roe v. Wade was overturned, with the vast majority occurring in states that don’t make exceptions for rape, researchers estimated today in a leading medical journal. Using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the FBI, researchers estimated that 519,981 rapes occurred in states with bans from July 2022 — in the immediate aftermath of Roe being overturned — through Jan. 1, 2024.

  • Adjusting for the fraction of female victims ages 15 to 45 and the cases likely to result in a pregnancy, they projected 64,565 pregnancies resulted from rape during the four to 18 months various state bans were in effect.




Elaine Gilmartin

A therapist by profession, a runner by passion, a writer by necessity.