Since the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion a year ago, access to abortion care in the US has declined dramatically.
Mapping the decline: Caitlin Myers, an economics professor at Middlebury College, has collected data on abortion access, with major changes noted in the past year.
* As of April 2023, 14% of the US population is more than 200 miles from the nearest abortion facility, compared to less than 1% a year ago.
* The average distance an American has to travel to reach an abortion provider has increased from 25 miles to 86 miles.
Access challenges: Distance, cost, and life circumstances make it difficult for many to reach abortion providers.
* Most abortion patients are poor or low-income, with more than half facing disruptive life events, and over 80% having subprime credit scores.
Notable trends: Southern states like Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Oklahoma have experienced significant declines in access, while Maine has expanded access through telehealth and broader care provider eligibility.
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