Check out the Elections page on Straight Arrow News
Filed Under: U.S.

Study: 66 clinics no longer offer abortions in 15 states since Roe overturned

By ,

What’s usually seen as a social issue has been a top political issue for the November midterms, the first election cycle after the Supreme Court overturned of Roe v. Wade. Abortion has generally been a top five concern for voters in polls leading up to the election.  A new study from abortion advocacy group Guttmacher Institute is giving insight on how laws have changed since the ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

There have been 13 states that have outlawed abortion with zero clinics providing abortion procedures in their states. Those states include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. Those states have zero clinics still offering abortions, but more than 60% of those clinics still offer other non-abortion services to women.

Two other states, Georgia and Wisconsin, have clinics that have implemented other restrictions. In Wisconsin, they had four clinics to offer abortion before Roe was overturned. Now, those clinics are no longer offering the procedure as the state’s pre-Roe abortion ban is still met with uncertainty. Providers in that state have stopped offering abortions out of fear of future prosecution, according to the study.

In Georgia, since the Dobbs decision, the state has enforced a ban on abortion starting at six weeks of pregnancy. Clinics there have been affected by the shortened timeframe to offer abortion services but only one clinic has closed, and 13 are still operational, according to the study.

Within those 15 states, the fact that 66 clinics are now no longer offering abortions is seen as a drastic change. However, on a larger scale, nationally more than 800 abortion clinics were operational in 2020 and the vast majority of those have been untouched since Roe was overturned. With abortion no longer under federal protection, access to the procedure is something for each state to decide.

WHAT’S USUALLY SEEN AS A SOCIAL ISSUE…HAS BEEN A TOP POLITICAL ISSUE.
THE FIRST ELECTION CYCLE FOLLOWING THE OVERTURNING OF ROE V WADE…
AND ABORTION HAS GENERALLY BEEN A TOP FIVE CONCERN FOR VOTERS.
A NEW STUDY FROM AN ABORTION ADVOCACY GROUP IS GIVING A LOOK AT HOW LAWS HAVE CHANGED SINCE THE RULING.
THERE HAVE BEEN 13 STATES THAT HAVE OUTLAWED ABORTION WITH ZERO CLINICS PROVIDING ABORTION PROCEDURES IN THEIR STATES.
TWO OTHER STATES — GEORGIA AND WISCONSIN — THEIR CLINICS HAVE NEW RESTRICTIONS ON ABORTION ACCESS.
WITHIN THOSE 15 STATES…66 CLINICS HAVE STOPPED GIVING ABORTIONS.
THERE ARE 13 CLINICS STILL OFFERING ABORTIONS WHEREAS IT WAS 79 BEFORE THE OVERTURNING OF WADE.
IT’S A DRASTIC CHANGE — WITHIN THOSE 15 STATES.
BUT ON A NATIONAL SCALE…MORE THAN 800 ABORTION CLINICS WERE OPERATIONAL IN 2020 AND THE VAST MAJORITY OF THOSE HAVE BEEN UNTOUCHED SINCE ROE WAS OVERTURNED.
BUT WITH ABORTION NO LONGER A FEDERAL PROTECTION…
RIGHTS ARE NOW FOR EACH STATE TO DECIDE.
SO THE NUMBERS COULD CHANGE DEPENDING ON POLICY POST-ELECTION.

What’s usually seen as a social issue has been a top political issue for the November midterms, the first election cycle after the Supreme Court overturned of Roe v. Wade. Abortion has generally been a top five concern for voters in polls leading up to the election.  A new study from abortion advocacy group Guttmacher Institute is giving insight on how laws have changed since the ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

There have been 13 states that have outlawed abortion with zero clinics providing abortion procedures in their states. Those states include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. Those states have zero clinics still offering abortions, but more than 60% of those clinics still offer other non-abortion services to women.

Two other states, Georgia and Wisconsin, have clinics that have implemented other restrictions. In Wisconsin, they had four clinics to offer abortion before Roe was overturned. Now, those clinics are no longer offering the procedure as the state’s pre-Roe abortion ban is still met with uncertainty. Providers in that state have stopped offering abortions out of fear of future prosecution, according to the study.

In Georgia, since the Dobbs decision, the state has enforced a ban on abortion starting at six weeks of pregnancy. Clinics there have been affected by the shortened timeframe to offer abortion services but only one clinic has closed, and 13 are still operational, according to the study.

Within those 15 states, the fact that 66 clinics are now no longer offering abortions is seen as a drastic change. However, on a larger scale, nationally more than 800 abortion clinics were operational in 2020 and the vast majority of those have been untouched since Roe was overturned. With abortion no longer under federal protection, access to the procedure is something for each state to decide.

Related Reports


Get unbiased straight facts, context, and perspective!