"Maybe they'll think of me differently. I hope they don't."
May 11, 2015 9:35 AM Subscribe
In some parts of America, the accessibility of abortion has remained unchanged, but not in great swaths of the country — not in places such as Texas, where more than half of the clinics have closed since 2013, or in South Dakota, where the single clinic has a mandatory 72-hour waiting period between appointment and procedure, or in Wyoming, where there is one private provider and no clinics in all the state's 98,000 square miles, and where the nearest facility Emily could find an appointment was six hours away.One woman's long drive to end a pregnancy.
Over 14 million Americans live in states with only one abortion provider.
In addition to Wyoming (population 584,153; 97,093 sq. mi.) are Arkansas (population 2,966,369; 52,035 sq. mi.) Mississippi (population 2,994,079; 46,923 sq. mi.), Missouri (pop. 6,063,589; 68,742 sq. mi.), North Dakota (population 739,482; 69,001 sq. mi.), and South Dakota (population 853,175; 75,811 sq. mi.).
The remaining abortion providers in the above-mentioned states are:
☆ Little Rock Family Planning Services in Little Rock, AR [medication abortions may also be available at Planned Parenthood in Fayetteville]
☆ Jackson Women's Health Organization in Jackson, MS
☆ Reproductive Health Services, via Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, MO (previously: Missouri abortion waiting period bill: a veto override is imminent)
☆ Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo, ND
☆ Planned Parenthood in Sioux Falls, SD (previously: Do you take precautions or chance it?)
☆ Emerg+A+Care in Jackson, WY
More reading on the ongoing push to shutter abortion providers across the United States:
★ Daily Beast, January 2013: The geography of abortion access (previously: Abortion in America)
★ ThinkProgress, January 2014: 'Women Will Still Find A Way': A look inside Missouri's last abortion clinic
★ Slate's XXFactor, July 2014: The Christian Compassion of Dr. Willie Parker, the Doctor at Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic (previously: The Abortion Ministry of Dr. Willie Parker)
★ Cosmopolitan, November 2014: What it's like to run the only abortion clinic in your state
★ Slate's Medical Examiner, March 2015: Mississippi's only abortion clinic attacked: Governor can't stop legal procedure, so vigilantes vandalize it
★ MSNBC, April 2015: Mississippi's last abortion clinic fights to stay open – and out of SCOTUS [warning: auto-playing video]
And for future reference, just in case: Women on Web (previously).
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