Guttmacher reports several closures of abortion facilities – but what do the numbers mean?


“A month after Roe: At least 43 abortion clinics in 11 states have stopped offering abortion care,” according to Planned Parenthood’s former research arm and “special affiliate,” the Guttmacher Institute. The news follows June 24 Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe vs. Wade.

It is important to note that – although Guttmacher does not mention this fact – some of these facilities have moved to other states, where they still offer abortions.

The most recent abortion statistics for 2020 reveal that 930,160 abortions were performed nationwide – an increase of 67,840 from the 862,320 abortions reported in 2017. This translates to 2,548 unborn humans killed each day in the United States by abortion – about 106 per hour, 1.8 per minute and one every 35 seconds.

Institutions that have stopped performing abortions

“As of July 24, 30 days after the fall of deer11 states, all in the South and Midwest, had either completely banned abortion (Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas) or implemented an abortion ban from six weeks pregnant (Georgia, Ohio, Carolina and Tennessee),” Guttmacher wrote.

“Four states had an abortion ban from six weeks gestation through July 24, and two of them had fewer clinics offering abortions than before the Supreme Court ruling,” Guttmacher wrote. These include Georgia, which Guttmacher said lost one abortion facility (13 facilities, previously 14) and Tennessee, which lost four facilities (3 facilities, previously 7). Ohio (9 facilities) and South Carolina (3 facilities) remained the same, they claimed.

“Before the June 24 Supreme Court decision, these 11 states had a total of 71 clinics that offered abortion care. As of July 24, there were only 28 clinics still offering abortions, all located in the four states with six-week bans. In those 11 states, the number of clinics offering abortions dropped by 43 in just one month,” Guttmacher added.

Seven states are abortion-free

According to the Guttmacher report, “Seven states that have imposed total abortion bans since June 24 containing only very limited exceptions or no exceptions no longer had a single clinic providing abortion care as of July 24.”

These states included:

  • Alabama (previously 5 facilities)
  • Arkansas (previously 2 facilities)
  • Mississippi (formerly 1 establishment)
  • Missouri (formerly 1 establishment)
  • Oklahoma (previously 5 facilities)
  • South Dakota (formerly 1 facility)
  • Texas (previously 23 facilities)

The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, also known as the “Pink House”, was once the only facility in Mississippi. He recently moved from Mississippi to Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Planned Parenthood is considering expanding there as well.

In Texas, Whole Woman’s Health abortion facilities and Alamo Women’s Reproductive Services abortion facility announced plans to move to New Mexico. Additionally, Whole Woman’s Health is also reportedly considering opening a clinic in North Carolina.

Also, although Planned Parenthood in Texas has stopped abortions, they remain open to other “services.” A letter from Planned Parenthood sent to the Texas Tribune, which they support financially, said: “These past 30 days have devastated us, but by no means defeated us. It is crucial that our doors remain open and that we expand the availability of our other sexual and reproductive health services which are needed more than ever… But in the wake of the ban, our doctors, nurses and healthcare staff have been forced to turn away people who need abortions…”

As of this writing, Planned Parenthood has temporarily closed its South Dallas Abortion Services Center and its Southwest Fort Worth Abortion Services Center, which only offered abortions. The Planned Parenthood Center for Choice in Houston, a former mega-center abortion center, is open but reportedly not performing abortions. In other states, Planned Parenthood is suspending abortions, and Planned Parenthood’s website in Knoxville, Tennessee, states that the facility “can no longer provide medication or surgical abortion.”

Planned Parenthood temporarily closes abortion clinics in Texas

Abortion centers in states with additional restrictions could also relocate. Red River Women’s Clinic director Tammi Kromenaker told the media that she is ready to open a store in Moorhead, Minnesota next week if North Dakota’s abortion ban is allowed. by a judge to take effect. CHOICES, a Memphis-based abortion center, is opening a facility in the college town of Carbondale, Illinois.

Pro-life protections in other states could also play a role in how many states become abortion-free. Even this week, the AP reported that “a bill banning abortion except in the case of rape or incest is slated for a vote Friday in the West Virginia Senate, potentially making the state the first to pass new legislation restricting access to abortion from the United States”. Last month’s Supreme Court ruling removed its protected status as a constitutional right. In Louisiana, the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has granted a preliminary injunction to reinstate that state’s pro-life trigger laws after a district judge blocked enforcement of the trigger laws.

Potential for 80,500 thwarted abortions in seven states

Guttmacher’s analysis also found that in 2020, the seven states mentioned earlier (Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas) accounted for 80,500 abortions, an average of about 6,700 abortions. each month.

Guttmacher based his estimate of 80,000 on reported abortions for 2020 as follows: Alabama (5,700), Arkansas (3,250), Mississippi (3,560), Missouri (170), Oklahoma (9,690), South Dakota ( 130) and Texas (58,030).

But Guttmacher’s methodology may be somewhat questionable, given that the Texas Heartbeat Act went into effect in September 2021, several months before Roe’s June 2022 overthrow. As a result of this pro-life legislation, Texas was beginning have a drastic reduction in abortions already.

For example, in January 2021, before the Texas Heartbeat Act, Texas recorded 5,199 abortions and 4,250 in February 2021. But in January 2022 (before the June 24 Dobbs decision but after the Heartbeat Act was implemented), Texas had just 2,461 abortions in January — a nearly 53% drop from 2021, and 2,464 in February — a 42% drop from 2021.

While the news sounds good, it’s important to note that the information may be far more nuanced than Guttmacher claims, given the fluidity of state abortion laws, ongoing court cases and rulings, the ability for women to travel to other states for abortions. , and expanded access to abortion pills through the mail.

“In 2020, 9% of abortions in the United States (81,120 of 930,160) were obtained by people traveling outside their state of residence,” Guttmacher previously reported.

The fact is that it took 50 years to see deer dismantled and it will take time to fully document the impact. And while the Dobbs decision will likely save many babies, there is still a lot of work to be done to protect every prenatal life in every state across the country.

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