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“Having a child right now feels like a big luxury.” Facing an out-of-control disease, a grim economic climate and with some states banning abortions as non-essential, many women are rushing to terminate their pregnancies.
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted every aspect of life in the US, including one deeply controversial topic: abortions. Several states – including Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas – are trying to ban abortions, calling them “non-essential” procedures in the wake of a public health crisis. As a result, some clinics have closed, while others are experiencing a spike in requests from women hoping to get an abortion while they still can.
The Trust Women abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas, reported performing 252 abortions in March, up from 90 in March 2019. Julie Burkhart, the chief executive of Trust Women, told RT.com this week that between the Wichita, Kansas clinic and her other clinic in Oklahoma City (which was briefly closed but has since reopened), they have seen a “300 to 400 percent” increase in their patient load.
“The women who have been calling are uncertain about having a baby when the world is so unpredictable all of a sudden, and they’re worried about money due to the sharp rise in unemployment,” she said. “We’ve been seeing more women calling earlier than usual in their pregnancy, and there’s this urgent nature to it.”