Internet Searches for Abortion Medications Following the Leaked Supreme Court of the United States Draft Ruling

Poliak, Adam; Satybaldiyeva, Nora; Strathdee, Steffanie A.; Leas, Eric C.; Rao, Ramesh; Smith, Davey; Ayers, John W.
JAMA Internal Medicine

On May 2, 2022, a draft Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) majority opinion was leaked,1 foreshadowing the decision to overturn the 1973 Roe V Wade decision and allow states to further restrict or ban abortions. Concerns about lost access to legal abortions2 may lead to the public educating themselves about how to obtain abortion services. We evaluated whether internet searches for abortion medications increased following the leak.