Following the Supreme Court's decision to reverse the ruling, institutions in places like Kansas found themselves overwhelmed with people with patients from the area, but also from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana.
Pro-abortion marches after the landmark ruling Roe v. Wade calling for safe abortion in the US.
Planned Parenthood, the NGO created in 1916 in the United States, is dedicated to offering reproductive health, sexual education, family planning and abortion services in the United States and around the world. Just four days after the decision of the highest US court on the Roe vs. Wade case, he opened a clinic in Kansas that he had planned for four years, aimed at the working class not having to travel hours to obtain a contraceptive method, an exam or an abortion.
Now, these types of clinics in the state are doing everything they can to extend work hours, hire employees and bring in from other states. Even so, they were only able to serve 10 to 15% of patients who want to have an abortion.
“The ecosystem is not fragile, it is broken” said Emily Wales, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood in a US area. “There is a perception that if you want to be taken care of, you can find it somewhere. And it's not true”
Haley Ruark, from Missouri, after waiting two weeks, managed to get an appointment in her own state. Getting the turn took longer than driving to another state. Ruark had panicked after a bunch of mishaps with birth control. She first broke her condom, and after using the morning after pill, the pregnancy test came back positive. Her state, Missouri, prohibits abortion in all cases except medical emergencies.
“It was idiotic that a law was established that prevents us from doing what each one believes is necessary for the body and not even for their body, but also for their mental health,” said Ruark. She already balances 12-hour work shifts as a patient care technician in a hospital with taking care of her 2-year-old and 6-year-old sons.
“With the two boys, we do to do what needs to be done,” he said. “Bringing a baby into this, I just don't think it's a good idea right now.”
FILE PHOTO: Planned Parenthood pro-choice supporters rally outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Detroit, Michigan, USA REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File Photo
Ruark walked past screaming protesters to enter the new clinic. It took him almost two hours to get the morning after pill after meeting with Dr. Elizabeth Brett Daily. By law, Daily only needed to wait 30 minutes after Ruark arrived to dispense the medication, but the clinic was busy.
Thousands of patients may not get appointments at all, according to a national survey called #WeCount, run by the Planned Parenthood Society. The society's report, released in October, found that 6% fewer abortions were performed nationwide in August, when many of the most restrictive bans on abortion went into effect, b> compared to the number of abortions administered nationwide in April, before Roe was repealed.
Some of the states with bans saw the number of abortions drop from as many as 2,770 in April to fewer than 10 in August, while bordering states that still allow the procedure saw their number of abortions rise. In Kansas, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska and North Carolina, the number of abortions provided in August was at least 30% higher than the number provided in April. In Illinois, 28% more abortions were performed in August than in April.
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The study had some limitations, including that only the Data was provided by 79% of all identified abortion providers, including clinics, private doctors' offices, and hospitals. The society says the figures represent about 82% of all abortions performed nationwide.
Few outside of Kansas anticipated that the state would take on this larger role providing abortions, said Elizabeth Nash, senior policy associate for state affairs at the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights. “It's a pretty conservative place. You know, it's not like Colorado or Illinois, where people have been thinking these are definitely going to be hotspots,” Nash said.
US Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) and Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, right, participate in an abortion rights rally outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., USA, on June 30, 2022. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger
Opponents of abortion have been influential in Kansas politics since the 1991 Summer of Mercy protests in Wichita, when thousands of anti-abortion activists gathered, sparking protests that led to nearly 2,700 arrests. The image may be changing. Voters continue to elect large anti-abortion majorities to the Legislature, but in August they overwhelmingly rejected a constitutional amendment that would have cleared the way for tighter restrictions or a ban on abortion.
The demand for abortions in Kansas promises to grow. While the procedure remains legal in neighboring Iowa and Nebraska, both are conservative, with Nash describing the states as “bans in waiting.” Staff are routinely turning away patients seeking appointments at the new clinic and the other two abortion clinics Planned Parenthood operates in Kansas, telling them they don't maintain a waiting list and if they can get an appointment in Colorado or New Mexico to take that.
But there are no guarantees in those two states either, said Dr. Kristina Tocce, Planned Parenthood's medical director for the specific area in the US. “I presume that for every patient that can get to us and that we can see, there are a lot of patients that can't access care,” Tocce said, adding that the number of out-of-state patients has increased. fired.
Getting a date in Kansas City is a matter of luck. Local patients are not given priority, but they have an advantage because it is easier for them to get to appointments in the middle of the week. Planned Parenthood leaders said adding a fourth clinic is one option being considered to increase access, but they haven't released details.
Daily, of the new Planned Parenthood clinic, Kansas said she was drawn to the work after a stint with the Peace Corps in the West African nation of Togo. She saw victims of sexual assault and “many, many” women and their babies die in childbirth. The doctor also sees horrible stories here. A recent abortion patient was 13 years old, her face so bruised from the assault she suffered that she could barely open one of her eyes in the waiting room.
Daily Compare get an appointment time for an abortion these days with winning the lottery. “Think about our current health care system and how difficult it is to get a primary care visit,” she said. “Multiplied by a thousand because that's how difficult abortion care is today.”
Among the patients Daily recently saw was a 29-year-old mother of two who asked that her name not be used because she did not want her family and acquaintances to know. The woman said that she had initially planned to carry her pregnancy to term. But then her 3-year-old daughter had a terrifying 40-minute seizure, temporarily paralyzing her. It was her 13th major seizure in the past year.
Avery, 4, speaks with her mother Anna as she attends a weekly protest outside the Planned Parenthood Health Center in Sacramento as California abortion providers brace for an influx of out-of-state patients, if the Supreme Court of the United States annuls the historical Roe vs. Wade case, in California, USA. February 1, 2022. Photo taken February 1, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Barria TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Doctors intubated the girl and the woman rushed to arrange for her 9-month-old son to be with his father. The couple had broken up, so she sat alone by her daughter's bed.
“I thought, 'It's not fair, you know, not being able to lend her all my attention to another child.” She knows that some people will not understand her decision.
“People are quick to judge,” she said. “A lot of people have religious beliefs. “No. You can't do that.” But to me, I just don't think people take the time to get to know someone and realize what their situation really is.”