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New TxPEP Research in JAMA Finds Increased Travel Distance to Clinics is Associated with Decreases in Abortion Numbers

Thu, January 19, 2017
New TxPEP Research in JAMA Finds Increased Travel Distance to Clinics is Associated with Decreases in Abortion Numbers
New TxPEP publication in JAMA.

New TxPEP research exploring the impact of House Bill 2 (HB 2) – the restrictive Texas abortion law that was struck down by the Supreme Court – 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.

The study, published online today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found that 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 January 19, 2016

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