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New TxPEP Infographic on Greater Travel Distance Following Clinic Closures; Reduced Access to Abortion

Wed, February 1, 2017
New TxPEP Infographic on Greater Travel Distance Following Clinic Closures; Reduced Access to Abortion
TxPEP infographic on increase in travel distance folllowing clinic closures.

A new TxPEP infographic details the way greater travel distance following clinic closures reduced access to abortion in Texas.

The infographic, based on a January 2017 publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), explores the impact of House Bill 2 (HB 2) – the restrictive Texas abortion law that was struck down by the Supreme Court. 

The study found that increases in travel distance to the nearest abortion clinic caused by clinic closures were closely associated with decreases in the official number of abortions. Counties where the distance to the nearest facility increased 100 miles or more saw a 50% decline in abortions. Meanwhile, counties that did not have an abortion provider in 2014 and did not experience a change in distance to the nearest facility had essentially no change in the number of abortions.

Read the full study here and see the press release here.

(Published February 1, 2017)

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