Planned Parenthood will stop at nothing to make sure they can end the lives of as many unborn babies as possible.
On Monday, Planned Parenthood revealed its plans for a mobile abortion clinic that would travel near the borders of Illinois to serve neighboring states where abortions were banned after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
The abortion clinics in Illinois have subsequently been flooded with patients traveling from neighboring states who have ordered an abortion ban, and the Planned Parenthood on the Illinois side of St. Louis has experienced a 30% increase in abortion patients, which is higher than they had anticipated. Across Illinois, Planned Parenthood has had a 340% increase in patients from outside the states of Missouri and Illinois.
This major increase in patients has resulted in much longer waiting periods to get into the clinics. According to Yamelsie Rodriquez, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood in the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, individuals seeking an abortion have to wait two-and-a-half weeks to get in for an appointment, while previous wait times were just about four days.
Dr. Colleen McNicholas, chief medical officer for Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis office, praised the new initiative, saying, “The mobile abortion clinic is a way to reduce travel times and distances in order to meet patients at the Illinois border. This will make a dramatic impact on their access.”
The mobile clinic, a 37-foot RV, will consist of two exam rooms, a lab, and a waiting room. It will provide abortion medication up to 11 weeks of gestation, as well as surgical abortions up to the first few months.
This clinic should be ready to go by the end of this year and will be taking abortion services to the state borders.