42 Abortion Centers Have Closed This Year, Now 14 States are Abortion-Free
December 7, 2022 | Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
At least 42 abortion facilities have closed this year, making 14 states completely abortion-free now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade.
As of November, the United States saw twice as many independent abortion facilities close compared to 2021, according to a new report from Abortion Care Network, covered by Bloomberg News.
The pro-abortion group credited the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health decision for the mass closures, most of them in midwestern and southern states where unborn babies’ lives are now protected.
The Dobbs decision overturned Roe and restored the power to legislate abortion to the people. Now, more than a dozen states protect unborn babies by banning or strictly limiting abortions, and more are fighting in court to do so.
Although abortion facilities have been closing at a steady pace for years as a result of pro-life efforts, the June ruling caused a sharp drop compared to previous years. In 2021, 20 independent abortion facilities closed, and 42 closed in 2022, according to the Abortion Care Network report.
As of November, America had 434 independent abortion facilities, including “online-only,” or telemedicine, abortion groups that sell abortion drugs through the mail without ever seeing the woman in person, the researchers found.
Currently, 14 states are abortion-free, meaning they do not have any abortion facilities, according to report. They are Idaho, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Missouri, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.