Abortion has become a matter of travelling across state lines in the Midwest as some states legislate more restrictions on the procedure while others tighten their grip on abortion “rights.”
For example, Jennifer Calfas at the Wall Street Journal compared The Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City, Illinois with the Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region. Because Missouri recently passed legislature to limit abortions after eight weeks, the Planned Parenthood may not have its license removed. Meanwhile, The Hope Clinic has increased staff and doctors, and considered adding hours, due to the influx of out-of-state patients.
As the number of clinics in the U.S. falls, the number of abortions “has also been falling,” Calfas said as she cited the Guttmacher Institute report that abortions in the U.S. dropped 12% to around 926,200 from 2011 to 2014.
While those in support of abortion claim the numbers are only dropping because of recent restrictions, opponents say safety standards and practices should be the primary concern, regardless of what that does to the number of clinics in a state.
“Abortion clinics should not receive special treatment just because their numbers are dwindling,” said Mallory Quigley, spokeswoman for the antiabortion group Susan B. Anthony List.