Study Claims Women Have to Drive Too Far to Kill Their Babies in Abortions

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 4, 2017   |   12:11PM   |   Washington, DC

A new study from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute claims women have to travel too far to abort their unborn babies in America.

The AP reports the researchers calculated how far women have to travel in each state and each county in the United States. In an article published in the “Lancet Public Health” journal Tuesday, they argued that the distance is too far for many women.

But the funny thing is, they found that the average distance really is not that far.

Half of all women of reproductive age in the U.S. live within 11 miles of an abortion clinic, according to researchers. In some states, the distance is even shorter. For example, the average distance to an abortion clinic in New York is just 3 miles, the researchers found.

On average, an additional 20 percent of women live about 43 miles from an abortion clinic, according to the report.

To create a dire picture of abortion access in America, the researchers chose to highlight data that does not represent the average situation. They pointed to very rural states like Wyoming, the Dakotas and Alaska to claim that women travel too far to get abortions.

According to the report:

In the states with the longest average distance to travel — Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota — at least half of women of reproductive age lived more than 90 miles (145 kilometers) from the nearest clinic providing abortion services. Women in Alaska lived an average of nine miles (about 15 kilometers) from the nearest clinic, but 20 percent of women in that state would have to travel more than 150 miles (240 kilometers). …

In a commentary in the journal, Ushma Upadhyay, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, detailed possible repercussions for women facing the long distances.

“Increased travel distance means increased costs for transport, overnight stay, lost wages from time off work, and childcare,” she wrote. “For a woman who is economically disadvantaged, having to travel a long distance could put an abortion out of reach, leading her to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term.”

Abortion activists are trying to make the data say what they want it to say because they have an agenda. They are lobbying aggressively for legislation to allow nurses and midwives to abort unborn babies, to force taxpayers to fund abortions, and to allow pharmacies to sell dangerous abortion drugs over the counter.

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Upadhyay told the AP this in her comments about the new study. She said abortion access could be improved if states begin allowing nurse midwives and nurse practitioners to do abortions. She said access also could be improved if the FDA allows abortion drugs to be offered over the counter in pharmacies.

America has some of the most liberal, unrestricted abortion laws in the world, but abortion activists want more. The U.S. is one of just seven countries that allows viable, late-term unborn babies to be aborted for any reason, though federal lawmakers are working to change that right now with the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Abortion activists are pushing for more abortions, but statistics indicate women do not want them. Abortion rates have been dropping to historic lows as more women choose life for their unborn babies. And as a result, abortion businesses are closing because they are not making money anymore.

Pro-life efforts have helped millions of families recognize that their unborn babies are valuable human beings who deserve a right to life, and pregnancy centers help provide moms and babies with material resources and encouragement. This is what women and their children need more of.