According to a survey by the Huffington Post, at least 54 abortion clinics across 27 states have ended their abortion services or shut their doors entirely since 2010. The decline in abortion providers is nothing new; that’s been the trend since the number peaked in 1982. But this recent downturn is “so different from what’s happened in the past,” according to Elizabeth Nash of the Guttmacher Institute. ”This kind of change is incredibly dramatic.”
Check out the charts below to see how things look in your state.
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that, like the TRAP law that recently forced a 40-year-old clinic to shut down in Virginia, many of the closings were spurred by the many anti-choice state laws passed during this time. Others, like the sole remaining clinic in Mississippi, have only been spared because the courts stepped in.