At Least 66 US Clinics Have Halted Abortions, Institute Says

At least 66 clinics in 15 states have stopped offering abortions because the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, in keeping with an evaluation launched Thursday.

The variety of clinics offering abortions within the 15 states dropped from 79 earlier than the June 24 choice to 13 as of Oct. 2, in keeping with the Guttmacher Institute, a analysis group that helps abortion rights.

All 13 of the remaining clinics are in Georgia. The different states haven’t any suppliers providing abortions, although a few of their clinics are providing care apart from abortions.

Nationally, there have been greater than 800 abortion clinics in 2020, the institute mentioned.

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“Much extra analysis will should be carried out to understand the complete extent of the chaos, confusion and hurt that the U.S. Supreme Court has unleashed on folks needing abortions, however the image that’s beginning to emerge ought to alarm anybody who helps reproductive freedom and the suitable to bodily autonomy,” mentioned Rachel Jones, a Guttmacher researcher.

The new report doesn’t embody information on hospitals and doctor workplaces that supplied abortion and stopped them after the courtroom ruling, however Jones famous that clinics present most U.S. abortions, together with procedures and dishing out abortion medicine. Recent Guttmacher information present simply over half of U.S. abortions are achieved with medicine.

States with out abortion suppliers are concentrated within the South. In a few of these locations, many ladies in search of abortions would want to journey up to now that the journey will probably be not possible, Jones mentioned.

Dr. Jeanne Corwin, who supplies abortions in Indiana and Ohio, mentioned clinic closures “will lead to immeasurable hurt to girls’s bodily well being, psychological well being and monetary well being.’’

In a number of states, entry is underneath risk as a result of bans had been placed on maintain solely quickly by courtroom injunctions. These embody Indiana, Ohio and South Carolina, the evaluation discovered.

“It is precarious from a medical standpoint and definitely from a enterprise standpoint,’’ mentioned Dr. Katie McHugh, an OB-GYN who supplies abortions in Indiana. “It’s troublesome to maintain the doorways open and the lights on whenever you don’t know should you’re going to be a felon tomorrow.”

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