How Greater Travel Distance Due to Clinic Closures Reduced Access to Abortion in Texas

Grossman, Daniel
White, Kari
Hopkins, Kristine
Potter, Joseph E.
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University of Texas at Austin Population Research Center
Texas Policy Evaluation Project investigators demonstrate that increases in travel distance to the nearest abortion clinic caused by clinic closures between 2012 and 2014 were closely associated with decreases in the official number of abortions in Texas. Counties where the distance to the nearest facility increased 100 miles or more between 2012 and 2014 saw a 50% decline in abortions. Meanwhile, counties that did not have an abortion provider in 2014 and did not experience a change in distance to the nearest facility had essentially no change in the number of abortions.
Grossman, D., White, K., Hopkins, K., & Potter, J. E. (2017). How greater travel distance due to clinic closures reduced access to abortion in Texas. PRC Research Brief 2(2).