In Rural West, More Worries About Access to Abortion Clinics

Abortion providers in states where the procedure is legal are bracing for influx of out-of-state patients.

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FILE - This Jan. 28, 2020, photo shows the Tower theatre located in downtown Bend, Ore. The Planned Parenthood clinic in Bend serving the eastern half of the state, is bracing for an influx of patients particularly from neighboring Idaho, where a trigger law banning most abortions is expected to take effect this summer following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In the central Oregon city of Bend, the sole Planned Parenthood clinic serving the eastern half of the state is bracing for an influx of patients, particularly from neighboring Idaho, where a trigger law banning most abortions is expected to take effect this summer. “We’ve already started hiring,” said Joanna Dennis-Cook, the Bend Health Center Manager. Across the U.S. West, many abortion providers serving rural areas were already struggling to meet…

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