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State Legislators’ Efforts To Close Abortion Clinics Having Nationwide Impact

Bloomberg reports that since 2011 at least 162 abortion clinics have shuttered or stopped offering the procedure. News outlets also report on related developments in Oklahoma and Ohio.

Bloomberg: Abortion Clinics Are Closing at a Record Pace
Abortion access in the U.S. has been vanishing at the fastest annual pace on record, propelled by Republican state lawmakers’ push to legislate the industry out of existence. Since 2011, at least 162 abortion providers have shut or stopped offering the procedure, while just 21 opened. (Deprez, 2/24)

Reuters: Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds State Law On Limiting Abortion Drugs
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a law aimed at limiting the use of abortion-inducing drugs, overturning a lower court decision that said the measure was unconstitutional because it did not apply to other medication. Tuesday's decision said the measure did not violate state constitutional provisions aimed at keeping laws uniform across the state, but also said it could compromise public health. (2/23)

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