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Research Letter
January NaN, 2017

Change in Distance to Nearest Facility and Abortion in Texas, 2012 to 2014

Author Affiliations
  • 1Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco
  • 2School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham
  • 3Population Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin
JAMA. 2017;317(4):437-439. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.17026

Texas House Bill 2, enacted in 2013, was one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country before the US Supreme Court ruled in June 2016 that 2 provisions were unconstitutional.

Following introduction and passage of the bill, the number of Texas facilities providing abortions declined,1 from 41 in 2012 to 17 in June 2016. Women whose nearest clinic closed traveled farther to access abortion services than those whose nearest clinic remained open.2 Overall, abortions declined 14% in Texas between 2013 and 2014.3

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