Pro-choice authors lament: 28% of independent abortion clinics closed between 2012 and 2017

According to one pro-abortion book:

“More than 95% of abortions take place in freestanding abortion clinics – independent clinics (60%) and Planned Parenthood offices (35%) – as opposed to private doctors’ offices or hospitals. In part because of expensive state restrictions but also because of the decreasing abortion rate and antiabortion extremism, clinics have been closing at an alarming rate in recent years. Among independent clinics, 145 of 510 (28%) closed between 2012 and 2017. Planned Parenthood clinics also closed during that timeframe, though the exact numbers are not easily accessible. As a result of these closures, the 2014 figure that nine in 10 counties in the United States had no abortion provider is likely even higher now.”

David S Cohen and Carole Joffe Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America (Oakland, California: University Of California Press, 2020) 16

Cites the following sources:

Nikki Madsen, Jay Thibodeau, and Dallas Schubert “Communities Need Clinics: The Role of Independent Abortion Care Providers in Ensuring Meaningful Access to Abortion Care in the United States” Abortion Care Network August 2017, 1 – 12

Esme Deprez “Abortion Clinics Are Closing at a Record Pace” Bloomberg BusinessWeek, February 24, 2016

Rachel K Jones and Jenna Jerman “Abortion Incidence and Service Availability in the United States, 2014” Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 49 (2017): 17 – 27

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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

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