|By Samantha Liss, St. Louis Post-Dispatch|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The state has only one abortion provider left, Planned Parenthood in
"We are prepared to handle women from
King said her group tries to provide as much information about women's options and the state-imposed wait times on its website.
"I think a lot of people don't realize that the restrictions are state-based and not put in place by the facility," King said. "We do spend a fair amount of time on the website trying to explain (wait times) so they can tell what their options are, and, hopefully, will be able to access care when they want instead of having to wait."
The price for an abortion varies depending on the stage of the pregnancy, which also dictates the type of abortion. The price ranges from
King's clinic performs more than 5,000 procedures a year, according to its website, and is one of the closest clinics to
It's one reason the possibility of treating more
"I can't say that we're preparing, but we definitely know that this law is coming," Burkhart said of her
"We certainly expect that this law is going to be a hardship for women and it's clear that this law is meant to do nothing but block access when it comes to abortion care."
South Wind is almost a three-hour drive from
Of the 3,722 out-of-state residents who sought abortions in
If Burkhart's center sees an influx of patients, she said her organization "would definitely consider" adding staff.
Burkhart opened South Wind in the same location as Dr.
Of the eight states that border
But anti-abortion activists say the intent of the law was never to have women go out of state.
"To have a woman go out of state to me, if that's what the law ends up doing, to me, that doesn't accomplish a whole lot because she's still getting the abortion and that's a tragedy," said
In 2012, at least 38 percent of the 9,027
"We do not anticipate fewer women, but we do expect increases in later abortion. This is what has occurred in other states after longer waiting periods," Gianino said. "For some women, 72 hours may take away their ability to have a legal abortion at our facility."
Women have 21 weeks and six days after their last menstrual period to have a legal abortion in
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