Tuesday, 06 Dec 2022

Over 60 clinics in 15 US states have stopped offering abortions, study finds

Over 60 clinics in 15 US states have stopped offering abortions, study finds


Over 60 clinics in 15 US states have stopped offering abortions, study finds

More than 60 clinics across 15 US states have stopped offering abortions since the supreme court overruled Roe v Wade, the ruling which guaranteed the right, a new study found.

The new study by the Guttmacher Institute, a non-profit which works on reproductive rights advocacy and research, found that in 15 states with a previous total of 79 clinics that offered abortion, that number had dropped to 13 as of Sunday.

All the 13 clinics are in Georgia, where abortion is banned at about six weeks, when many women are unaware they are pregnant. In 14 states, no provider currently offers abortions, the study said.

Among the 66 clinics that no longer offer abortion, 40 still offer services that may include prescribing birth control or helping patients find abortion services in other states. But 26 have shut down completely.

Joe Biden issued an executive order as a response to the Dobbs decision, including mandates to protect patient privacy, defend the right to travel for abortion care and protect the procedure in the case of emergency care.

Several obstetrician-gynecologists spoke this week at a meeting of the Reproductive Health Care Access taskforce, about the difficulties imposed by bans in their states.

The Guttmacher study found that in the 14 states where abortion is now unavailable, 125,780 abortions were performed in 2020. Patients seeking abortion care in such states must now travel.

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