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Jun 28, 2016 2:07 PM

How far do Granite Staters have to drive to get an abortion?


Granite Staters have relatively easy access to abortion clinics compared with women in western and southern states.

A new map produced by the New York Times shows how far a woman would have to drive in different parts of the country to get an abortion.

In the northern part of New Hampshire, the drive is somewhere between 20 and 40 miles. But in the southern part of the state, the drive is under 20 miles and some south central areas show a drive time of five miles or less.

This is in contrast to much of Texas where the drive is over 40 miles. Both the Northeast and the West Coast have the lowest travel times to an abortion clinic.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down rules that have made it harder for abortion clinics to stay open. The court rejected rules that required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and forced clinics to meet hospital-like standards for outpatient surgery.

According to the Center for Reproductive Rights, which led the legal challenge, similar admitting-privilege requirements are in effect in Missouri, North Dakota and Tennessee, and are on hold in Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. The hospital-like outpatient surgery standards are in place in Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and are on hold in Tennessee, according to the center.

The Supreme Court said both provisions placed an “undue burden” on women seeking an abortion.


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