In the nearly 100 days since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established the constitutional right to abortion, sixty-six clinics in fifteen states have stopped providing the procedure, according to a new Politico report.
The data, compiled by the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights research and advocacy group, further revealed that of those sixty-six clinics, forty still offer non-abortion services, while twenty-six have firm.
Politico noted that as of Wednesday, the fourteen states where abortions are almost entirely unavailable are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, ‘Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Meanwhile, access to abortion is significantly limited in a fifteenth state, Georgia, where the procedure is permitted until fetal heart activity is detected, usually around the sixth week of pregnancy.
Currently, access to abortion remains in limbo in seven other states, including Indiana, South Carolina and Ohio.
According to analysis by the Guttmacher Institute, the fourteen states were responsible for more than 125,000 abortions in 2020, while more than 41,000 abortions were performed in Georgia in the same year.
“Even before Roe was overthrown, having an abortion was difficult if not outright impossible for many people, especially those who already faced significant barriers to accessing health care, including low-income people, people blacks and browns, immigrants, youth, those with disabilities and rural populations,” Rachel Jones, senior researcher at the Guttmacher Institute, said in a statement.
“These inequalities are likely to worsen as in-clinic abortion care disappears in many states, many of which are clustered in areas like the South,” she continued.
Tuesday, by Washington PostPresident Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have criticized Republican leaders who have pushed to roll back abortion access in their respective states.
“Today, so-called extremist leaders are attacking the liberty and liberty of millions of women at the state level. In Arizona, for example, a judge recently upheld an abortion ban from 1864 — it’s not a law, it’s the year — 1864 with no exceptions for rape or incest,” Harris said during an interview. a meeting of the White House Task Force on Access to Reproductive Health Care. “It was 173 years ago. And note that at that time women did not have the right to vote either.
Biden took particular issue with the University of Idaho over its new guidelines against offering birth control to students.
“Friends, what century are we in? What do we do? I respect everyone’s perspective on this personal decision they are making. But, my lord, we are talking about contraception here. It shouldn’t be so controversial,” he said. “This is what it looks like when you start taking away the right to privacy.”
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington State-based finance and technology editor who has held positions at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow him or contact him on LinkedIn.