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America’s Abortion Access Divide is Reshaping Blue-state Border Towns

Expanded healthcare clinics are driving small towns' economies

A Tennessee-based healthcare provider announced plans in May — just one week after POLITICO published the draft Supreme Court opinion that foreshadowed the end of federal abortion protections — to open a clinic in Carbondale, Illinois.

The provider, Choices, is seeing a steady stream of abortion patients from Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas since it set up space in a shuttered dermatology office last fall, its only location outside Memphis.

For Carbondale, a college town of 22,000, geography had a lot to do with Choices’ new site: Illinois is bordered by five states that all have abortion laws more restrictive than its own, turning the Democratic-controlled state into a destination for those seeking the procedure since Roe v. Wade fell in June.

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