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Dickman and others (JAMA Int Med 2024) estimated that there have been 64,565 pregnancies resulting from rape carried to term in the 14 states with total abortion bans since the Supreme Court’s 2022 Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision overturning Roe v Wade. Extensive analyses of the impact of maternal stress, violence, war, and abuse on the genetic imprinting of their developing fetuses indicate that offspring resulting from rape are likely to have altered expression of a number of genes including glucocorticoid receptor NR3C1, IGF2/H19, MEST, and PEG that affect fetal growth and development and are associated with imprinting disorders (IDs). Here we estimate the disability adjusted life years (DALYs) for the 64,565 individuals resulting from maternal stress induced altered gene expression across a range of plausible scenarios to better understand the health consequences of judicial decisions.



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Health Consequences of Judicial Decisions