As of November, 42 independent clinics had closed this year, most of which were in the South and Midwest. That’s up from 20 in 2021, according to a report released Tuesday by Abortion Care Network, an association of community-based abortion providers. Independent clinics provide 55% of abortion services nationwide.
The Supreme Court decision led to a wave of tighter restrictions on abortion, including near-total bans in ten states. While some clinics are still operating in these locations, many have closed. Others, like the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Mississippi provider at the center of the Supreme Court case, have drawn up relocation plans.
There are currently 14 states that do not have clinics offering abortion care, per ACN.
In the months immediately following the Supreme Court’s decision, the number of legal abortions in the United States fell by 6%, according to the Society of Family Planning, an advocacy and research group on abortion and contraception.
“When we lose clinics, we also lose access to a full spectrum of reproductive health care, including birth control, PrEP for HIV and gender-affirming treatment,” the deputy director said. from CAN, Erin Grant.
A analysis of two Texas health systems released in July found that after the state implemented a six-week ban last year, patients with pregnancy complications were more likely to have severe maternal morbidity than those in states without a similar ban. .
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