1 in 3 women of reproductive age now live over an hour away from an abortion clinic, study finds

One in three women of reproductive age in the U.S. now live over an hour away from the closest abortion clinic, in line with a study printed in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Tuesday. Before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, the typical journey time to a clinic was lower than half-hour. 

The peer reviewed study, which appeared in JAMA’s newest situation, “Health Care Access and Reproductive Rights,” used census knowledge from almost 64 million women between 15 and 44 years of age in 48 states — excluding Alaska and Hawaii. Data discovered that the typical lady’s journey time has greater than tripled, and that abortion seekers now journey for greater than 100 minutes on common to achieve a authorized clinic. 

In the three-month span between the Supreme Court’s June 24 determination and Sept. 30, which the study’s authors outlined because the “post-Dobbs” interval, over a dozen states had enacted complete or near-total abortion bans. The “pre-Dobbs” knowledge was taken from January to December 2021.

“Estimated travel time to abortion facilities in the US was significantly greater in the post-Dobbs period after accounting for the closure of abortion facilities in states with total or 6-week abortion bans compared with the pre-Dobbs period, during which all facilities providing abortions in 2021 were considered active,” the authors of the study wrote.

The knowledge additionally confirmed that women who lived greater than an hour away from an abortion facility have been extra prone to be with out medical insurance or a highschool diploma, have decrease common incomes, and be Black, Hispanic, and Native American. While this remained true previous to the top of Roe, these inequalities widened even additional following the Supreme Court’s determination.

“These groups have historically worse pregnancy-related mortality outcomes than nonminority populations,” the study learn, citing data from the Commonwealth Fund on maternal mortality in the U.S.

Amy Cox, Democratic candidate for Ohio State Representative, wears a shirt in assist of Roe V Wade whereas canvassing in Trenton, Ohio, on October 23, 2022.

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With solely every week till Election Day, abortion entry has not solely turn out to be a widely-debated situation between Democrats and Republicans, it’ll even be on the poll in 5 states. Voters in three states — California, Michigan and Vermont — will resolve whether or not to guard abortion rights in their state constitutions, and two different states — Kentucky and Montana — could have proposals on the poll that search to restrict abortions.

However, new polling reveals that the significance of reproductive rights has lessened, as financial points arising from inflation take priority. Even so, President Biden has vowed that if Democrats are in a position to decide up seats in the midterms, the primary invoice he’ll ship to Congress will codify Roe v. Wade and legalize abortion entry throughout the nation.

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