A new study found that about one-quarter of abortion clinics in the country would close if the Supreme Court decides to overturn Roe v. Wade.
According to the study from Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, the multi-year study looked at 790 abortion facilities in the country. In 2017, that number was 774.
The study only looked at clinics that publicly advertise abortion services, and the ANSIRH’s database included a range of facilities, including doctor’s offices, public health centers and hospital settings.
The study found that if the landmark ruling is overturned by the Supreme Court, “up to 26 states could ban most or all abortions, and many facilities in these states may close. We may also see fewer facilities serving larger populations of people.”
In total, some 202 clinics could shutter across the U.S.
ANSIRH has not publicly commented on the study, according to The Christian Post.
According to the study, there was one abortion facility for every 56,000 women of reproductive age in 2021 in the Northeast, and in the South, there was one facility for every 158,000 women of reproductive age.
California has the most abortion clinics (168), followed by New York (89) and Florida (55).
The study comes as discussions about a Supreme Court ruling that could reverse Roe v. Wade continue. Previously in May, a leaked draft opinion suggested that the Supreme Court was set to overturn the 1973 ruling.
Officials have said the draft does not reflect the final ruling, and a final decision is expected later this month in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case that could affect the opinion in Roe v. Wade.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, more than 20 states have “trigger laws” on the books which would go into effect and prohibit abortion in the absence of Roe v. Wade.
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.