Has the pandemic made it more difficult to get abortions?

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
By Jiyul Kim

During state-imposed lockdowns, at least 11 states halted or scaled back abortion services, many deeming abortions a non-essential medical procedure. During the lockdown, women seeking abortion in a restricted state had to travel across state lines, but public transportation and flights were also limited during that time.

“No one is exempt from the governor’s executive order on medically unnecessary ... procedures, including abortion providers," said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. "Those who violate the governor’s order will be met with the full force of the law.”

The majority of restrictive states have since resumed procedures, gradually allowing clinics to re-open. In Arkansas, abortions remain suspended unless the patient can demonstrate that she has tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of the procedure.

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