- Some 20% of abortion sufferers accomplished out-of-state journey to acquire care in early 2023, information reveals.
- That statistic has doubled since 2020, when one in 10 sufferers traveled to different states for abortions.
- States bordering states with abortion bans noticed the very best spikes in out-of-state sufferers.
Nearly one in 5 US girls who obtained abortions within the first half of 2023 needed to journey to different states to acquire care, statistics present.
The statistic doubled from the place it stood in 2020, when one in 10 girls needed to journey throughout state strains, in line with newly launched information from the Guttmacher Institute, a analysis and coverage group that advocates for abortion rights.
The spike in interstate journey for abortion care is alarming but predictable following the Supreme Court’s resolution to overturn Roe v. Wade final yr.
“We knew that more people have been traveling across state lines for abortion since the end of Roe, but these findings are stunning nonetheless, and powerfully illustrate just how disruptive the overturning of Roe has been for tens of thousands of abortion patients,” Isaac Maddow-Zimet, Guttmacher’s undertaking lead and information scientist on the report, stated in a press launch.
Spikes have been particularly noticeable in abortion-friendly states that border with states which have abortion bans or strict gestational limits, in line with Guttmacher’s information.
One such instance is New Mexico, which has seen an inflow of sufferers from Texas and Oklahoma, the place abortion bans make the process almost not possible with few, strictly monitored exceptions.
Some 74% of abortion sufferers served in New Mexico got here from different states, per Guttmacher information.
Abortions elevated in New Mexico by 279% throughout the examined interval from 2020 to 2023, amounting to an extra 8,200 abortions, the info confirmed.
Florida, Illinois, Kansas, and North Carolina additionally noticed spikes in out-of-state sufferers acquiring abortions, Guttmacher’s evaluation discovered.