Planned Parenthood announced that it will begin operating a mobile abortion clinic in southern Illinois to serve patients from neighboring states that have banned the procedure.
Three states that border Illinois (Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee) banned abortions after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.
Those bans have led to an influx of women seeking abortions in nearby Illinois, according to Planned Parenthood.
The organization’s Fairview Heights facility, which is just 20 miles from the Illinois-Missouri border, has seen a 30% increase in patients seeking abortions since Roe v. Wade. Wait times for appointments have also increased from four days to two and a half weeks, Planned Parenthood says.
Planned Parenthood said “caring for abortion on the go will help reduce travel distances” and free up space at its physical locations.
“Over the past 100 days, I have served people from all over the country who have traveled to southern Illinois for abortion services,” she said in a statement. “Planned Parenthood prides itself on providing creative solutions to an unfair health care system and doing everything we can to depoliticize decisions that should rest between providers and their patients.”
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Stacy Smith, executive director of the pro-life group Sidewalk Advocates, said her organization was “incredibly dismayed” to see Planned Parenthood “trying to keep its profits by offering mobile abortions.”
“This expansion takes advantage of crisis pregnant women in states that now protect unborn children and their mothers from the tragedy of abortion,” Smith told Fox News Digital in a statement.
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The new mobile abortion center will be equipped with two exam rooms, a laboratory and a waiting room in a recreational vehicle.
Initially, it will only provide medical abortions up to 11 weeks gestation, but will eventually provide procedural abortions.
Associated Press contributed to this report.