Analysis: Abortion clinic closures increase burdens for Texas women
Gerdts C. Analysis: Abortion clinic closures increase burdens for Texas women. MSNBC. 14 May 2016.
Like all health care appointments, abortion clinic visits often require taking time off school or work and can result in additional costs like lost wages, travel expenses and child care that many women struggle to afford. This is especially true in Texas, where most women are required to make at least two trips to a clinic due to a state-mandated, in-person clinic visit at least 24 hours before obtaining an abortion. To make matters worse, more than half of the state’s abortion facilities closed following the broad-sweeping restrictions on abortion services imposed by the 2013 law known as HB 2 — resulting in increased travel distances and longer waits for an appointment.