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Within a month, 43 US clinics stopped offering abortions: study – Health and Lifestyle News – Report by AFR

At least 43 clinics in the United States have stopped offering abortions since the Supreme Court reversed statewide rights to the procedure, according to a study published Thursday.

In the month since the landmark June 24 ruling, 11 states have banned abortions either after six weeks of pregnancy or altogether, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports access to abortions.

As a result, 43 clinics — including 23 in Texas alone, five in Oklahoma and five in Alabama — have closed or focused their resources on other forms of care, according to the institute.

The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, also known as the Pink House — which was the focus of the Supreme Court case — closed July 7 after long being the only place offering abortions in the state of Mississippi.

“The already dire state of abortion access in many parts of the country will continue to deteriorate, and more states will enact abortion bans in the coming weeks and months,” the study’s authors write.

Some states, like Louisiana or North Dakota, have laws banning abortion, but litigation has slowed the passage of these new rules.

Others, like Indiana, have called special sessions of the state congress to pass new legislation.

Half of all US states, particularly in the largely conservative South and Midwest, are expected to ban abortion at some point.

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