Chart of the Day: We’ve lost more than 50 abortion clinics in the last three years

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.

map and timeline of clinic closings since 2010

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.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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WASHINGTON - JANUARY 22:  Pro-choice advocates participate in protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building January 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. Activists from across the nation gathered to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which decriminalized abortion in all fifty states.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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Here’s the catch: Heath Mello is a longtime opponent of abortion access who sponsored a 20-week abortion ban in 2010. It contained no exceptions for rape or incest. Mello has also co-sponsored legislation requiring doctors to perform medically-unnecessary ultrasounds, and he voted for a bill to

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The bill would also require pregnant people seeking abortions to submit their sexual partner’s name to their doctors in writing. The identified person could then challenge and demand a paternity test, which would delay the abortion procedure. The only exceptions to this law would be in the cases of incest or rape, threat to the pregnant person’s life, or should the father be deceased – in which case, the pregnant person would be required to sign a notarized affidavit confirming the death.

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In this week’s edition of cringy, oppressive legislation, Oklahoma lawmakers have introduced a bill which would require pregnant people to obtain written permission from the father of the fetus in order to receive an abortion.

The bill would ...