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Knocking down Roe could mean women seeking abortions have to travel hundreds of miles

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Knocking down Roe could mean women seeking abortions have to travel hundreds of miles

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According to a new report released this week by the Guttmacher Institute, a reversal of Roe v. Wade – and the flood of abortion restrictions such a move would usher in – is expected to affect how far women would have to travel to their nearest clinic. The institute, which promotes abortion rights, used data from the US Census Bureau to estimate the number of women of reproductive age living in each census block and calculated the distance by car to the clinic. nearest abortion.

Illinois, North Carolina, and California are among the states that may see the most out-of-state abortion patients, as their clinics are said to be closest to women whose own states are in. able to quickly ban the procedure, according to Guttmacher’s analysis.

In states like Louisiana, Texas and Idaho, women would see the distance to the nearest clinic increase tenfold or more if Roe v. Wade was rescinded and that abortion bans go into effect in states most likely to implement them.

The new data is released as the Supreme Court hears two important abortion cases. One case, debated Monday, concerns Texas’s six-week abortion ban, which bans abortion after fetal heart activity. The law appears to run counter to constitutional protections for pre-viability abortions – a point typically around 23 weeks gestation – that the Supreme Court enshrined in its 1973 Roe decision.
The law has already provided insight into what access to abortion would want if other states were allowed to implement extreme limits on the procedure or outright bans. Clinics in Oklahoma and Kansas reported a large increase in the number of patients from Texas, delaying residents of their own states to get appointments, while women from Texas traveled to Colorado. and California to get the procedure, according to court records in the case.

In December, the Supreme Court will hear another Mississippi case challenging the state’s 15-week abortion ban.

In either case, the states are asking the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, although judges have indicated in the Texas dispute that they will not be focusing on this issue. It is also possible that the court will decide cases in a way that does not overthrow Roe, but rather weakens his precedent, allowing more aggressive restrictions on abortion while preserving abortion rights in some cases.

If the court were to overturn Roe outright, the Guttmacher Institute predicts that 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion almost immediately. A dozen of those states have so-called trigger laws, where the abortion ban would be triggered by an overturn of the Roe Supreme Court. Sixteen states have extreme abortion restrictions – such as near-total bans in Arkansas and Alabama, or six-week bans in Idaho, Kentucky and Tennessee – which are in effect but not enforced due to ordinances lower courts citing Roe v. Wade.

Nine states have banned abortion before Roe is decided and five more, Guttmacher predicts, will move quickly to pass new laws banning abortions, given the recent trend in these states to pass restrictive laws and their political makeup. .

“It is possible that states with pre-Roe bans will go into effect if Roe is rescinded,” Elizabeth Nash, head of state affairs at Guttmacher, told CNN.

Highlighting the five states his organization has deemed likely to pass new laws banning abortion after a Roe overthrow, Nash said that “these are all states that have recently restricted abortion access and debates. ongoing in the abortion legislature, routinely. “

Hundreds of kilometers to the nearest abortion clinic

If states were allowed to ban abortion, the driving distances their residents would face to access the nearest clinic would increase exponentially.

If all 26 report that Guttmacher is considering banning abortion, Louisiana women seeking abortions would see the average distance to their nearest clinic increase by 1,720%.

In this scenario, the next closest clinic for nearly three in five women in Louisiana would be Illinois. For the rest of the women in the state, Kansas or North Carolina would likely offer the closest clinics.

Women in Oklahoma, another trigger state, would depend on Kansas for their nearest clinic, according to analysis by Guttmacher, who said the average driving distance to the nearest clinic would drop from 18 miles to 181 miles.

For women in Idaho, which has a six-week abortion ban that would become enforceable based on court rulings, the driving distance to the nearest clinic would drop from 21 miles to 250 miles, in the Guttmacher scenario.

How access to abortion in the Blue States would be affected if the Red States were allowed to implement bans

States that have taken proactive steps to protect abortion rights would not be immune to the impact of a flood of abortion bans. In the event that 26 states ban abortion, more than a dozen would likely see a significant increase in the number of out-of-state patients simply because their clinics were the closest clinics for women in states where the abortion is prohibited, according to data from Guttmacher.

Illinois is a particularly critical “destination” state for patients from neighboring states where abortion may be banned after a Roe reversal.

For nearly 9 million women – including women in neighboring states like Indiana and Missouri, as well as women as far away as Louisiana and Alabama – their next closest clinics would be Illinois, according to Guttmacher. The percentage of women who would need to drive around the state to reach the nearest clinic would increase by 8.651 percent percent.

Illinois has taken steps to expand abortion, adopting legal protections for the procedure and making it eligible for those enrolled in Medicaid, Nash said.

North Carolina is also expected to become a hub for out-of-state abortion patients if Roe is overthrown. For 1 million in Tennessee, 370,000 women in Kentucky, 230,000 women in Louisiana and 200,000 in Mississippi – all states with trigger laws – North Carolina would be the next closest state in the hypothetical Guttmacher to analyse.

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