The real problem in Mississippi

There’s been much public disussion recently on the now-failed Mississippi personhood amendment that would have changed the legal definition of personhood to include fertilized human eggs. Yet lost in the coverage of the arguments for and against the measure was an important fact:

There is only one abortion clinic in the entire state of Mississippi.

Of course, the personhood amendment would have had devastating consequences. But we should not forget that women in Mississippi still face enormous challenges in exercising their reproductive rights.

Unfortunately, this is part of a wider societal problem:

Nationwide, there are now fewer abortion providers in the U.S. than at any time since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973 — 87 percent of U.S. counties don’t have one.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, a survey of women who had third-term abortions found half of them had difficulties arranging to have an abortion.

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