Patients have to fly or drive 10 times further out of their home state just to get an abortion. Recipients of abortion funds typically get their finances from advocacy organizations who help them pay for the procedures. They have to travel 172 miles just to get to a health care provider.
Based on the associate professor in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work named Gretchen Ely, this distance has about doubled recently because of the outlandish policy-based limitations that started after the midterm elections in 2010.
From 2010 to 2015, Ely examined around 4,000 cases that she gathered from the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF). The NNAF is the primary umbrella organization for 70 independent advocacy organizations that assist patients in paying the abortion fees by guaranteeing finances to the health care providers. They also preserve their own funds called the Tiller Memorial Fund that functioned as the source of information for the study.
Federal law prevents programs, such as Medicaid, to fund abortions. Nevertheless, each state can opt to expand such programs to include abortion care for qualified patients. Over 80 percent of the patients who get funding assistance usually lived in the southeastern part of the country where the coverage has not yet expanded. Furthermore, the recipients who reside in the said states were nearly three times more likely have to fly out of state just to get abortion care.
For patients who have low-income, getting funds to pay the procedure could take weeks or months. This will force them to travel to the limited providers that are further out their home state. A few of these state lawmakers initially though that the policy-based hurdles on abortion will reduce the frequency of abortion. Instead, these limitations are forming delays that force the recipients to go through the abortion during the second trimester where it is more expensive and riskier.