Report: 170K Traveled Out-of-State for Abortions In 2023

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( – At least 170,000 people crossed state lines in 2023 for abortion purposes from states that have outlawed the procedure following the Supreme Court verdict in Roe v. Wade case. This includes people who went to other states to obtain mifepristone pills that are used to cease pregnancy and are currently banned in many red states.

In 2023, more than 14,000 Texans traveled to New Mexico to carry out abortions, while 12,000 patients from North Carolina went to South Carolina and Georgia. Illinois also saw a massive surge of patients as almost 16,000 traveled to the state from southern states for abortions.

A large number of women traveling to New Mexico and Illinois for abortion purposes strained the medical facilities in these states, which forced the local women to travel to other states to obtain abortions for themselves.

Most women leaving their states for abortion belonged to Texas, where carrying out the procedure intentionally is a second-degree felony and is only allowed when there is a reasonable threat to the mother’s life.

Pro-choice advocates are voicing concerns about the difficulty people have to face to obtain a rather simple medical procedure. According to the founder of Whole Woman’s Health, Amy Hagstrom Miller, a simple abortion process only takes 10 minutes, but women are forced to travel to other states due to the restrictions imposed in their own states. She also added that performing a simple abortion process has been made more difficult than any other medical procedure.

In the wake of Roe v. Wade verdict, there is a notable increase in so-called “abortion sanctuaries” across the country. However, critics dub these states “death destinations,” as some of the blue states have no gestational age limit for obtaining an abortion.

Many medical practitioners believe that unrestricted access to abortion to migrants from other states poses severe health risks to the women, who can develop dangerous complications after returning to their home states with no follow-up facility available.

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