Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Oct 4, 2022 / 16:15 pm
Planned Parenthood is responding to state abortion restrictions by trying something new: an abortion clinic on wheels. It will send its first one — a 37-foot abortion RV — to Illinois, where it will offer abortions at various locations by the end of this year.
As the nation’s largest abortion provider maps the best routes for the mobile clinic, it is considering churches as “potential stopping-off points,” NPR reported Monday.
“We are working with our partners across the region to help increase access to care,” Dr. Colleen McNicholas, the chief medical officer for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, told CNA. “Clergy, and the faith community at large, have long been pro-abortion partners and a deep history of standing with people as they make personal decisions that shape their lives.”
She added: “We promised to innovate and that’s just what we’re doing with a mobile health clinic that will take abortion care on the road across southern Illinois.”
The mobile clinic could be the first of many. Planned Parenthood is keeping open the possibility of creating additional ones in the future, the outlet reported officials as saying. The news follows the Supreme Court’s June decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and leave abortion policy up to the states.