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Abortion deserts: America’s new geography of access to care – mapped

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The supreme court has overturned the landmark 1973 decision Roe v Wade, which guaranteed a federal right to abortion.

In its absence, states hostile to abortion are free to ban or severely restrict the procedure. That would leave entire regions of the country without an abortion clinic within a day’s drive, reshaping the geography of abortion access in America in a single, seismic shift.

More than half of US states are almost certain or likely to ban abortion now that the supreme court has overturned Roe v Wade. Several states already have abortion bans on the books that would no longer be blocked by Roe v Wade, while others have “trigger laws”, which are now put in motion with the federal government no longer protecting reproductive rights.

When those states ban abortion, about a quarter of the country’s abortion clinics would close – overwhelmingly in states where clinics are already sparse.


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