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Illinois abortion clinics have been inundated with patients since Roe’s overthrow;  a possible new Indiana law could mean even more

CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — More than a month after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a better idea emerges of the scale of the impact on clinics in Illinois.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois says that over the past month they have typically seen about 100 patients from other states each month.

But after Roe’s cancellation, PPIL said it saw 750 new patients in the first week alone. The volume of appeals to the PPIL also doubled in the days following the Supreme Court’s decision.

PPIL said that in the first month after Roe’s reversal, patients in Wisconsin increased 10 times from the previous average.

PPIL also noted that before the reversal, it typically saw patients from 10 to 15 states in addition to Illinois each month, with most out-of-state patients coming from neighboring states – Wisconsin and Indiana. But since Roe’s fall, PPIL has reported seeing patients from 20 states.

Most now come from Wisconsin and Ohio, states that now have strict anti-abortion laws. More patients than ever before are also coming from Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky and Texas.

It is feared that these numbers could be even higher, as Indiana moves closer to passing its own abortion ban.

The Indiana House on Friday passed a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in the state, returning the legislation to the state Senate to confer changes on the House.

House members advanced a near total ban on abortion 62-38 with limited exceptions, including in cases of rape and incest, and to protect the life and physical health of the mother.

The measure now passes the Senate. If approved as is, Indiana lawmakers will become the first in the nation to pass new legislation restricting access to abortion since the supreme ruling stripping its protected status as a constitutional right. The measure would then go to Governor Eric Holcomb, who did not say whether he would sign it.


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