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Colorado sees influx of patients from Texas seeking abortion care

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains reports seeing a 130% increase in patients seeking abortion care in the region after the Texas abortion bill took effect in early September.

A federal judge in Texas just blocked the bill Wednesday, but it's unclear how long that block will be in place. It also doesn't mean women can immediately start seeking abortions again in Texas.

Meanwhile, some of our local clinics, served by Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, are scheduling abortion appointments three weeks out because of the influx of out-of-state patients trying to access care.

"That's a long time to wait to get your abortion care. Obviously, abortion is a time-sensitive health care service," said Vicki Cowart, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. The organization provides care to communities in Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada.

The abortion bill in Texas prevents women from seeking abortion care in the state if they are more than six weeks pregnant. Cowart said many women don't know they're pregnant by six weeks. If they need to seek abortion care after six weeks, they have to go out of state. Many of those women face barriers to accessing that out-of-state care.

"There's just this long list of really tough issues that a person has to work through, but then think about all the people who can't work through them. Think about the people who don't have a car, or working car, or a car that can drive 1,300 miles. Think about the worker who doesn't have days off or for health issues, who might lose their job, or are hourly and so would lose a couple days' salary, and they may not be able to afford that," Cowart said, adding that those women are faced with making a big sacrifice or carrying their pregnancy to term.

Planned Parenthood does offer an assistance fund to help low-income patients seek out-of-state care, providing everything from transportation to a place to stay. To learn more about this fund, click here.

"We know this from historical and worldwide data, making [abortion] illegal doesn't make it go away. It just makes it more dangerous," Cowart said, adding that studies have shown that comprehensive sexual education and access to contraception can greatly reduce the number of women who seek abortion care.

Abortions only count for 10% of the care Planned Parenthood provides to the community. They also offer a full range of reproductive healthcare options, including contraception, STD/STI testing and care, cancer screenings, and sexual education.

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    1. Women who have abortions are statistically less likely to have serious medical problems than women carrying a baby to term, especially when there are underlying medical reasons. Both risks are very low these days, but nevertheless it’s not unreasonable to talk about abortion and care together.

        1. An abortion doesn’t murder anyone. It removes a fetus, which is an undeveloped growth with the potential to become a person.

      1. “Women who have abortions are statistically less likely to have serious medical problems than women carrying a baby to term, especially when there are underlying medical reasons. Both risks are very low these days, but nevertheless it’s not unreasonable to talk about abortion and care together.”
        You should hear and or read about the women who have mental problems for the rest of their lives. Many make quick rash decisions and then later on feel bad the rest of their lives for the abortion. People just need to make informed decisions and be responsible with the se xual health because there is a lot on the line. I have a nephew because she saw his heart beat in the ultrasound and then she canceled the abortion right away. He is a blessing.
        People advocate for humane treatment of animals yet turn around and don’t do the same for human lives. People are against kill shelters but advocate for abortion…..why is that?

        1. Yes, some women who have abortions do have psychological problems after wards. But what about women who are forced to carry unwanted children to term, specially ones who were subjected to rape or incest? Do you think they don’t have even worse problems? Abortions are not the best thing for everyone. But no one is forcing them on anyone. They just need to be available for those who do want them, so women can choose for themselves.

      2. you do realize that abortion leaves horrible scarring of the uterus right ??
        How is that a benefit to future health?

        1. As I understand it, abortions performed under proper conditions produce no more scarring that a normal miscarriage. “Horrible scarring” is a term used by abortion opponents in an attempt to scare people who don’t know better.

        2. Actually, what you describe is consistent with what used to happen in “back street” abortion clinics, before abortion was legalized. But that’s not what happens in modern facilities, so let’s hope we don’t end up going back to those primitive conditions.

        1. Make sure to put your name in the hat for adoptions then as if you are stating all fetuses should be taken to term, then you should also be voluntarily be signing up as a parent ready and willing to adopt. Make sure your household is ready for a lot of them.

        1. An abortion doesn’t murder anyone. It removes a fetus, which is an undeveloped growth with the potential to become a person.

      1. Why? As in why are they coming to Colorado, this has been temporarily suspended by federal law. This KRDO article was ran, after a foreign news agency had already informed other countries of this fact, as I posted above. This article should not have been ran, because it did not include the most up-to-date-information, coincidentally, that information made this article obsolete.
        RC, you had to read the attachment to make an intelligent answer, not just make some ignorant quip, yes I know it violates women’s rights, thus why I posted the most up-to-date information regarding the topic, ergo, why it should be repealed.

        1. Ah, I misunderstood your one-word question.
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          I believe most of them had already been refused an abortion in Texas, so they had made appointments in Colorado, among other places. Once they had an appointment, coming here was probably the quickest and most likely way to be sure of getting the abortion they sought.
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          And I had already read the BBC article, but still didn’t connect with the reasoning behind your one-word question.

          1. RC, My apologies for not being transparent enough and @ssuming you were simply being argumentative. This miscommunication was my fault.

          2. Genuine miscommunications happen, especially in the heat of the moment. I’m sure you were clear about the meaning of your question . . . 😊

          3. That’s why I am usually so verbose, I knew better, but my laziness got the better of me. Thanks for the understanding, have a great weekend.

    1. An abortion doesn’t murder anyone. It removes a fetus, which is an undeveloped growth with the potential to become a person.

      1. and then some people like you that weren’t aborted still have no more sense than an undeveloped growth.
        Aren’t you glad your mother didn’t believe in abortion?

        1. You’re in an unusually insulting mood today. You of all people should know by now that I have more common sense that most contributors to this forum.

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