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One-third of abortion patients travel more than 25 miles to get the procedure

That’s according to a new Guttmacher Institute analysis.

The survey, of data from 2008, found that 67 percent of abortion patients traveled less than 25 miles, 16 percent traveled 25–49 miles, 11 percent traveled 50–100 miles and 6 percent traveled more than 100 miles. The average distance traveled was 30 miles. Unsurprisingly, those seeking second-trimester abortions–which are offered by  two-thirds of U.S. abortion providers–often ended up going farther.

To an urbanite like me, those seem like ridiculously long distances to travel. But, as Guttmacher explains, folks who live in rural areas often have to travel greater distances for many services–not just abortion. That’s why efforts to expand telemedicine health care–including abortion services–could be a real game-changer for rural dwellers–particularly low-income ...

That’s according to a new Guttmacher Institute analysis.

The survey, of data from 2008, found that 67 percent of abortion patients traveled less than 25 miles, 16 percent traveled 25–49 miles, 11 percent traveled 50–100 miles ...