New York Magazine
FIVE POSSIBLE ABORTION SCENARIOS
The state would see a jump in people seeking abortions. An estimated 1.3 million patients may need to drive from Arizona to California to find their nearest abortion provider.
Illinois would see the greatest increase in abortion seekers
from out of state: More than 8.7 million people— 8,651 percent more patients— may need to drive from the
12 surrounding states to access abortion.
A patient in Louisiana would have to travel the greatest additional distance to get abortion care: on average, 630 more miles.
A person in Mississippi seeking an abortion would have to travel beyond
neighboring states, which are also likely to ban abortion. They may have to drive to the nearest clinic in Tallahassee, Florida. If they left from
Jackson, 435 miles away, the trip would take at least seven hours and they would have to stay overnight—Florida has a 24-hour waiting period.
They could fly to the nearest clinic without a waiting period, which is in Fairview Heights, Illinois. The round-trip flight could cost anywhere from $300 to $600.
If the person is 24 weeks or further along in the pregnancy, they would need to fly 970 miles to New Mexico, the closest state without a gestational limit on abortion.
The cost for the procedure could be at least $8,000. Add to that the round-trip flight ($400 to $800), a rental car (at least $30 a day), overnight accommodations (starting around $100 a night), and, potentially, child care.
The final bill could be $10,000 or more.
5. NORTH CAROLINA:
The state’s clinics could be overwhelmed. About
11 million more people may need to travel to North Carolina to find their nearest abortion provider.