A new study has leftist mainstream news outlets complaining that women have to travel further to abort their unborn babies now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade.
Currently, 13 states ban or strictly limit abortions and up to 10 more may do the same, depending largely on legal battles. A new report in the New York Times estimates a 6-percent drop in abortions since the June ruling, resulting in more than 10,000 unborn babies saved.
But abortion activists, many of them in establishment positions in the mainstream media, universities and medical groups, claim women need to abort their unborn babies and abortion is “essential health care.”
They reacted with outrage to a new study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that found twice as many women (33 percent) have to travel more than 60 minutes to an abortion facility as a result of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health ruling, according to Forbes.
Health Daily News described the findings as “excessive distances” even though the JAMA study found that the median time to an abortion facility is only 17 minutes; it used to be 11 minutes, according to Forbes.
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In pro-life states, however, some women do have to travel hours to another state for an elective abortion. The report continued:
In the South, where numerous neighboring states have eliminated access to abortion services, travel times grew the most, the findings showed.
Median travel times to access an abortion had been 15 minutes, roughly, in Texas and Louisiana before the Supreme Court ruling this summer. It is now more than six hours, with an average increase of eight hours in Texas, the investigators found.
The study is based on census data from every state except Alaska and Hawaii. Researchers examined abortion facility locations and travel times for women of reproductive age (15 to 44) in the 48 contiguous states.
“We need to understand the diminished access to this essential health service in order to better understand what resources we need to invest to regain that access,” study author Yulin Hswen of the University of California, San Francisco, told Health Daily.
Many pointed to travel costs and how the increased travel times will affect women who struggle financially and do not have good access to basic health care — those most likely to seek abortions.
“It becomes an issue of who is stopped from accessing this care and who isn’t? It is always going to be the most privileged in our society who are still going to be able to access an abortion,” Asha Hassan, a scholar at the National Birth Equity Collaborative, told NBC News.
However, these so-called experts fail to notice that there are better solutions to helping struggling women than aborting their unborn babies. Approximately 96 percent of abortions are elective, according to a recent study by the Charlotte Lozier Institute; and all pro-life laws allow exceptions if the mother’s life is at risk.
So the problem is not access to abortion, which kills an unborn child. The problem is access to vital resources, such as basic maternal health care, financial aid and other forms of support for pregnant and parenting families. Abortion advocacy groups are not working to expand that support, but the pro-life movement is, through scholarships and housing, pregnancy tests and diapers, counseling, prenatal care and so much more. These are the areas that need more investment, not abortion.