Just noted this in passing while reading SCOTUS-Blog on the Supremes temporarily holding the Texas abortion harrassment regulations:
The seven clinics that were not affected by the new restrictions (and the eighth that is soon to open) were concentrated in the four largest metropolitan areas in the eastern part of the state. The lawyers had told the Court that, for the time being, there were no licensed facilities to provide abortions anywhere in the state south or west of San Antonio — “an area larger than most states.”
Texas officials had urged the Supreme Court not to block the new measures, arguing that they were necessary to protect the health of pregnant women in the state. They also argued that the challengers had exaggerated the practical impact of the new restrictions, and that most women would continue to have access to abortions within what they said was a reasonable driving distance.
Abortion will always be available for the upper and upper middle class as California, Canada or Sweden are within reasonable cost and time parameters.
The majority of abortions in this country are for women who under the age of 25. Historically, this is a cohort that does not have the ability to fly out of state for an elective, common and safe medical procedure. Nor is it a cohort that has bought into the dominant American car culture. The odds of a 22 year old woman, much less an 18 year old having a car, and the financial resources to drive halfway across Texas and back without missing work is not particularly high. It is unreasonable harrassment against female autonomy and reproductive control mingling with blatant classism. And for this the government of the State of Texas wins the asshole of the week.