At least 66 clinics in 15 states have stopped performing abortions since the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, according to an analysis published Thursday.
The number of clinics providing abortions in the 15 states has dropped from 79 before the June 24 decision to 13 on Oct. 2, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.
The remaining 13 clinics are in Georgia. The other states do not have providers that offer abortions, although some of their clinics offer non-abortion care.
Nationally, there were more than 800 abortion clinics in 2020, the institute said.
“Much more research will need to be done to understand the full extent of the chaos, confusion and damage that the United States Supreme Court has unleashed on people who need abortions, but the picture that is beginning to emerge should alarm anyone who support reproductive freedom and the right to bodily autonomy,” said Rachel Jones, a Guttmacher researcher.
The new report does not include data on hospitals and doctors’ offices that provided abortions and stopped them after the court’s ruling, but Jones noted that clinics provide the majority of abortions in the US, including the procedures and dispensing of abortions. abortion drugs. Guttmacher’s recent data shows that just over half of abortions in the US are performed with medications.
States without abortion providers are concentrated in the South. In some of those places, many women seeking abortions would have to travel so far that travel would be impossible, Jones said.
Dr. Jeanne Corwin, who performs abortions in Indiana and Ohio, said closing clinics “will result in immeasurable harm to women’s physical, mental and financial health.”
In several states, access is under threat because bans were only temporarily lifted by court orders. These include Indiana, Ohio and South Carolina, the analysis found.
“It’s precarious from a medical standpoint and certainly from a commercial standpoint,” said Dr. Katie McHugh, an obstetrician and gynecologist who performs abortions in Indiana. “It’s hard to keep the doors open and the lights on when you don’t know if you’re going to be a criminal tomorrow.”
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