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Reuters Health – Some women in Texas have faced added obstacles in getting abortions after the state passed a law in 2013 that put restrictions on providers, according to a new study.

Compared to women whose nearest abortion clinic remained opened, those whose nearest clinic closed were more likely to report traveling long distances, spending more than $100 and other difficulties in accessing abortion.

“Clinic closures really compounded the burdens women were already experiencing and this study brings that to bear in a very detailed way,” said study author Liza Fuentes, of Ibis Reproductive Health in Oakland, California.

U.S. states have added almost 300 abortion restrictions since 2010, according to Fuentes and her colleagues of the Texas Policy Evaluation Project.

They write in the American Journal of Public Health that under the 2013 law passed in Texas, doctors performing abortions must have admitting privileges to local hospitals and must follow specific rules for medication abortions, most abortions at or after 20 weeks are banned and abortion centers must meet the standards of surgical centers.

To examine the effects of the law, the researchers surveyed 398 Texas women receiving abortions at 10 of the state’s remaining clinics in mid-2014.

More than a third of the women – 38 percent – said their nearest clinic had closed after 2013. These women traveled an average of 85 miles each way to get an abortion, compared to 22 miles on average for those reporting that their nearest clinic had stayed open.

Overall, 44 percent of those whose nearest clinics closed had to drive more than 50 miles, compared to about 10 percent of those whose clinics remained open.

For women who had a clinic closure, “their distance to the nearest clinic (was) four times further than before the law,” said Fuentes.

About a third of women whose nearest clinic had closed said they’d spent over $100, compared to a fifth of those who didn’t have clinics close.

And 37 percent of women who lost their nearby clinics weren’t able to have the kind of abortion they wanted (a medication abortion using the drug mifepristone), compared to 22 percent of those whose nearby clinics remained opened.

The only factor that didn’t differ between the two groups of women was how far along they were when they got their abortion, the researchers write.

Fuentes told Reuters Health that the study couldn’t account for women who had so much trouble accessing abortions that they didn’t show up to the clinic.

“I think it’s important to note what this study isn’t able to do,” she said.

In previous research, the same team found that after the law was passed, more women were delayed in getting abortions, didn’t obtain abortions or even thought about self-inducing an abortion.

At current rates, about 30 percent of U.S. women will have an abortion by age 45, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of reproductive health.


SOURCE: American Journal of Public Health, online March 17, 2016.

Photo: Protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in the morning as the court takes up a major abortion case focusing on whether a Texas law that imposes strict regulations on abortion doctors and clinic buildings interferes with the constitutional right of a woman to end her pregnancy, in Washington March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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24 responses to “Getting Abortions In Texas Has Become Harder For Some Women”

  1. Insinnergy says:

    TRAP laws are cowardly, and a moral and ethical disgrace, America.

    Have the balls to take on Roe vs Wade again, directly… and lose… or recognise that most of the country does not support your point of view, and move on.

    This underhanded, lying, misapplication of the legislative process is being rationalised through a “Ends Justify the Means” type argument because the religious wingnut Republicans feel they are in a holy war on many fronts.

    This avoids the obvious flaw:
    If you’re willing to throw away your principles, morals and ethics in order to achieve your goal then you’ve sunk to the level of torturers, terrorists, criminals and dictators.

    Just like Jesus said:
    “It’s fine to lie, cheat, steal and torture as long as the end result is awesome…” – Deceptions 3:15


    • Sand_Cat says:

      We’ve been at the level of terrorists for years, and of torturers at least since W and Dick, who also qualify as criminals, but were re-elected, maybe because W would be nice to have a beer with, though he actually sounded like a really mean drunk.

  2. Dominick Vila says:

    Three things are about to happen: (1) an unnecessary increase in female mortality, (2) women traveling abroad to get the lawful services that religious fanatics are denying them at home, and (3) the weakening of our constitutional rights and laws, to the point they are becoming irrelevant.

    • dpaano says:

      That’s the goal of the GOP….they want to take over our government and our country and run it according to the corporations, et al, that pay them! It’s pretty sad that this party has stooped so low! We need to keep fighting not to let this happen…..we don’t want a “king” in the White House!

  3. yabbed says:

    Women vote. Hillary Clinton is going to win the election and be the next President of the United States and she will have long coattails

  4. Leftout says:

    Stop getting laid . Some schools pass out contraceptives When you are in kindergarten . This saves you at least $ 150 / yr . Driving 100 miles for an abortion cost $ .57 X 100 miles = $57. You have in your pocket approx $ 90 for the next time . If you are soooo stupid as to get pregnant with all of the knowledge and techniques available then your are clues less and you are on you own.

    • sharon1026 says:

      What a completely moronic comment.
      Birth control fails, rape happens, incest happens, and numerous other things happen to women that can cause an unplanned pregnancy.
      Educate yourself instead of embarrassing yourself.

    • sharkbait4711 says:

      Leftout – “stop getting laid” – really? That’s your solution to this? Idiot.
      Mostly women are just fine without getting laid but a man needs and feels the urge almost every hour of every day – countless reputable studies have proven this. So, for as much is it is a woman’s responsibility to use contraceptives, it is equally the man’s responsibility to use them as well.
      According to your logic – if a women gets pregnant it’s totally her fault – last time I checked if the “seed” was contained – a majority of pregnancies wouldn’t happen. I also believe if more babies daddy’s would stick around and support their off-spring – their probably wouldn’t be as many SINGLE Mothers out there trying to survive and on welfare. But according to you – women are on their own – and yes – these laws push them further and further to be on their own and needing assistance and welfare.
      Here’s something to think about – why don’t we sterilize men until they can prove that they can financially and emotionally support a child instead of taking away the ability of women’s right to choose proper, close and affordable care? Whuuuut?? Sterilize a man?? That’s blasphemy!
      Oh – right – it’s because it’s always the woman’s fault…she spread her legs, what was the man to do?? How about standing up and being a “man” and take ownership in the fact that it takes TWO to make a baby and anymore it takes a small village to properly raise a child!
      Lastly – this is a prime example of the GOP wing-nuts talking out of both sides of their big vial traps… On one hand they scream they want less government and less people on welfare – but on the other – they continue to pass laws to take away individual rights and take away proven programs that decrease unwanted pregnancies – which tends to keep people from needing welfare.
      Oh wait – again – that’s logic and logic is something GOP’ers don’t believe in.

      • Leftout says:

        I am a strong advocate for family life with a supporting male partner. Men who do not support their issues should be sterilized temporarily till they pay up . I do not blame women for being pregnant that is an olde nonsense exclamation by some feminists.
        As I recall, women do actually enjoy sexual activity , read that in a book somewhere.

    • dpaano says:

      Sometimes it’s due to rape or some other incident….it isn’t always because people “forgot” to use contraceptives, especially in a state like Texas that makes getting those contraceptives extremely difficult since they’ve closed down Planned Parenthood. Poor people can’t afford to purchase these, and without Planned Parenthood to take care of this, they are at the mercy of Mother Nature.

      • Leftout says:

        Well of course there are those Rare circumstances . Believe me I am for mandatory abortions if you have no support partner, creates less traffic and other financial benefits to the working tax payers .

    • Bob Eddy says:

      Contraceptives in kindergarten?!!! Really? Are you really that stupid? Oh yes, apparently you are if you think abstinence is a viable solution. Even the abstinence only queen, Bristol Palin, has found that to be unrealistic.

      • Leftout says:

        NYC children are given Condoms evidently before going to a prom . Bristol is one of the dull ones evidently.

        • Bob Eddy says:

          So apparently the difference between kindergarten and a high school prom is lost on you and, no Bristol is not one of the dull ones, she is merely living proof that no matter how much you believe in abstinence, it is just not a viable solution.

          • Leftout says:

            Some humans are more precocious at a young age, especially Catholic girls from certain ethnic groups , they used to be the best. Abstinence worked for me and I have big hands and feet. I must admit I am uglier than a camel, so this kept me from getting stuff, except out of pity.

  5. dpaano says:

    It’s interesting how difficult Texas makes it for women to get an abortion because of their so-called “pro-life” stance, but when it comes to the death penalty in their prisons…..that’s a whole different program! Personally, I can’t see the difference and I often wonder how many truly innocent people were executed in Texas because of their views! They are so hypocritical! Politicians need to get their heads out of women’s vaginas….there’s so much more important things to be worrying about!

  6. Bob Eddy says:

    Wow! Passing laws to make it harder to get an abortion makes it harder to get an abortion. Who would have ever expected that?

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