Here in Rochester, we’re fortunate to live in an area where women can readily access reproductive healthcare services. In more rural parts of the country, however, many women have to travel more than an hour to reach their nearest women’s health clinic. Did you know, for example, that 42 percent of American women living in rural areas must travel between 50 and 100 miles to reach an abortion provider? Furthermore, less than half of all rural women in America live within a 30-minute drive of the nearest hospital offering perinatal services.
This huge disparity in healthcare access can have a variety of negative effects on both the health and economic well-being of rural women.