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Abortion Patients Crossing State Lines May Hit Tens of Thousands

  • Providers in states that support abortion rights ramp up
  • Some expect mass confusion, then mass ‘mobilization’
Abortion rights demonstrators outside the US Supreme Court following the Roe v. Wade decision in Washington, D.C., on June 24.

Abortion rights demonstrators outside the US Supreme Court following the Roe v. Wade decision in Washington, D.C., on June 24.

Photographer: Valerie Plesch/Bloomberg

Health-care providers in states where abortion remains legal expect a mass migration of patients seeking services in coming months following the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

“We’re guesstimating that in the tens of thousands of patients, if not more, will need to come somewhere in the Midwest or South — we’ve seen projections of between 13,000 and 40,000,” said Erin King, executive director of the Hope Clinic for Women in southern Illinois.