In order to restrict access to abortion , lawmakers have turned to laws that indirectly affect the ability of women’s clinics to perform pregnancy terminations rather than trying to overturn Roe vs. Wade outright. These efforts force women to put themselves at risk when they decide abortion is the right choice for them. Women’s clinics exist to give women the information they need to make an informed choice about their pregnancy and access to safe abortions when they decide to terminate. Here is a look at the risks of having abortions elsewhere and how laws are affecting women’s clinics.
Unsafe Abortion Risks
There are approximately 42 million abortions per year worldwide , and approximately 68,000 women die from unsafe abortions. In developing nations, where access to women’s clinics is limited or non-existent, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that a woman dies every 8 minutes from complications from unsafe abortions. These rates of death from unsafe abortions make it one of the top causes of maternal mortality.
Abortion Restriction Laws
Texas’ H.B 2 law is an example of ways politicians opposed to abortion are chipping away at women’s access to clinics that perform safe terminations. The bill requires physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic—an impossibility in many rural areas—and that women’s clinic meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers, which means many clinics cannot operate without spending millions on renovations. The law also restricts chemical abortion access. Women around the world turn to dangerous, untrained providers to perform abortions and to drinking turpentine and bleach to try to end pregnancies, all at great risk to their own health.
The Role of Women’s Clinics
Women’s clinics represent the only option many women have for affordable, safe gynecological care and pregnancy termination services. Clinics also provide birth control, an important factor in reducing the number of abortions. They play a central role in women’s health and safety.
Washington Surgi-Clinic provides the support women need to make their own choices about abortion, birth control, and more. Make an appointment with a gynecologist in Washington, D.C. today by calling (202) 659-9403.