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This Is What Happens You Cut Off Abortion Access

Posted by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 12:49 PM
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Texas Abortion Rate Drops Dramatically As Women Seek Other Options

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TEXAS ABORTION CLINICSince Texas' sweeping new anti-abortion law went into effect last November, the number of legal abortions performed in the state has dropped 13 percent, according to a new study released Wednesday by the The Texas Policy Evaluation Project.

The report finds that the number of reproductive-age women living more than 200 miles from a provider has increased nearly 30-fold over the past year, since 19 of the 41 clinics in Texas have had to shut down as a result of Texas' many new restrictions on abortion clinics. And while the overall abortion rate has dropped dramatically, second-trimester abortions have gone slightly up as a percentage of all abortions, suggesting women are being forced to wait later into their pregnancies to have the procedure.

The study looked specifically at the effects of HB 2, a law that was passed in the summer of 2013 and partially went into effect in November. The law limits medication abortion, a popular non-surgical method that is often preferred in the first trimester; requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital; and bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. In September, a fourth provision of the law will take effect requiring all abortions to take place in ambulatory surgical centers, or mini-hospitals.

Many clinics have already had to shut their doors because their doctors could not get admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Hospitals often turn down abortion providers for political or logistical reasons having nothing to do with the provider's competence or safety record. When the final portion of HB 2 takes effect in September, all but six of the state's remaining clinics are expected to close.

The study finds that as a result of reduced access to abortion, there were 9,200 fewer legal abortions in Texas over the past year than in the previous year. But that does not necessarily mean that all the women are simply going through with their pregnancies, said Daniel Grossman, the author of the study and vice president for research at Ibis Reproductive Health. He said he does expect the unintended birth rate to rise, especially considering the combination of abortion restrictions and the state's massive cuts to family planning funding in 2011. But many women, he believes, are likely resorting to illegal and unsafe methods of self-inducing.

Researchers "suspect that self-induced abortion will rise in Texas as access to clinic-based care becomes more difficult," Grossman told The Huffington Post. "Depending on the method used and when in pregnancy women attempt to do this, there may be health risks for women associated with self-induction."

Grossman plans to study self-induced abortion in Texas in more depth over the next year. He said it is also likely that women are traveling out of state for the procedure -- although that will become more difficult as neighboring statescontinue to enact similar restrictions.

"Historically, few Texas women have traveled out of state, but more women may be forced to do so given the long distances many women need to travel to access a provider in Texas," he said. "This additional travel certainly raises the cost to women of obtaining an abortion."

When the clinics forced to close in September leave the state with six ambulatory surgical centers concentrated in urban areas, it will be even more difficult for women to access the procedure.

“It does not appear that the existing [ambulatory surgical centers] could meet the demand for abortion services for the entire state when the final provision of HB2 goes into effect,” said Grossman.

In addition to clinics closing, one significant effect of the new law is that medication abortions have dropped by 70 percent. Many women seeking abortion early on in their pregnancy preferred medication abortion, because they could avoid a surgical procedure and take a regimen of prescription medication at home. But the new law requires women to take the pills in front of a doctor at an outpatient surgical center, which dramatically reduces access to the medication for women who do not live near such a facility.

While medication abortions have reduced dramatically, the report found a "small but significant increase" in the rate of second-trimester abortions, which suggests the lack of access to abortion is forcing women to wait longer to have the procedure. The longer a woman waits to have an abortion, the more likely she is to experience a medical complication.

"There is no evidence that any of the provisions in this law has improved the safety of abortion in the state," said Grossman. "They have just made it harder for women to access the services they want and need."

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nurse1997
by Bronze Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM
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These women will just go to a different state to have the procedure done and with all these clinics closing tons of people are going to lose their jobs it is a sad situation .  I only hope women don't take it into their own hands to abort the baby if they can not make it to a office !

Sekirei
by Sevrsaxhtharxxa on Jul. 23, 2014 at 1:39 PM
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Yay for creating jobs.... and finding a way to make sure that a woman is later in her pregnancy before getting an abortion.

Pro life rocks!

AdrianneHill
by Ruby Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:55 PM
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Don't you feel the respect for human life just washing over you? The idea of birth control includes admonitions to just "Keep your legs together, if you don't want a baby, you slut." And "I'm not paying for your birth control, you lazy whore." and that tells everyone how important these people feel all babies are. Babies are so awesome that they are the best punishment for being a dirty girl.
."So don't blame anyone for getting knocked up and try not to take the anger out on the baby. ... Meh, go ahead and beat its ass to death. One less food stamp mouth to feed, right?"
BluesPagan2.0
by IWantTacos on Jul. 23, 2014 at 3:10 PM
Texas I going to be a great platform for pro choice people. An example of what not to do and how anti abortion laws affect women and communities.
NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jul. 23, 2014 at 3:19 PM
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Since illegal abortions go unreported unless there is a medical emergency, no one really knows how much the rate of abortion has actually dropped. Pro-lifers are going to see that number of reduced abortions as a hard fact and see it as a victory even though it is a false number....for example, many women are getting the early medicated abortion pills through black market sources. No way possible to know how many.

ashellbell
by shellbark on Jul. 23, 2014 at 3:46 PM
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Don't you just love later term abortions? Ah, what a sweet smell of victory for the pro lifers
Momniscient
by Obama licker on Jul. 23, 2014 at 4:09 PM
Aw I just love the pro life movement fostering more late term abortions.
What a win for pro aborts. Er. Pro lifers.
NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jul. 23, 2014 at 4:44 PM

I don't think they care if it's late term or the morning after pill. It registers the same for them. 

Quoting Momniscient: Aw I just love the pro life movement fostering more late term abortions. What a win for pro aborts. Er. Pro lifers.


Gamer_mom1
by Bronze Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 6:20 PM
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The pro life stance is disgusting because it's based on pure emotion. They don't care about consequences or facts. Just moral superiority
LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Jul. 23, 2014 at 8:37 PM
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And make sure to give your husband sex whenever he wants it. If you want sex then keep your legs closed, but if your husband wants sex then you are obligated to fuck.

Quoting AdrianneHill: Don't you feel the respect for human life just washing over you? The idea of birth control includes admonitions to just "Keep your legs together, if you don't want a baby, you slut." And "I'm not paying for your birth control, you lazy whore." and that tells everyone how important people feel all babies are. Babies are so awesome that they are punishment for being a dirty girl. So don't blame anyone for getting knocked up and try not to take the anger out on thy baby. Meh, go ahead and beat its ass to death. One less food stamp mouth to feed right?
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