Abstract| Volume 116, P77-78, December 2022

P017Experiences of indiana residents who traveled out of state to obtain abortion care: The role of abortion funds in restrictive states

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      Given Indiana's highly restrictive policy context with regard to abortion, and anticipated increases in restrictions, we aimed to measure residents’ experiences traveling out of state for abortion care.


      Between June 2021 and April 2022, we recruited pregnant people who lived in Indiana and were considering abortion through Google advertisements, abortion clinics, and abortion funds. Respondents completed a self-administered online survey at baseline and a second survey one month later. We analyzed characteristics and experiences of those who reported leaving the state to obtain abortion care.


      Among 213 participants who reported an abortion at endline, 56 (26%) left the state to obtain abortion care. These travelers were aged 15–39 with pregnancies from 6 to 31 weeks’ gestation, 71% were parents; and 25 (45%) identified as Black, 23 (41%) as White, and five (9%) as multi-racial. Participants traveled to Illinois most commonly (70%), followed by Kentucky (12%), Ohio (4%), and two other states. The most common barriers experienced by travelers included gathering money (68%), traveling a long distance to the clinic (27%), taking time off (23%), not knowing where to go (21%), arranging childcare (20%), and having difficulty complying with waiting periods and gestational restrictions, and facing clinic protestors. Facilitators included financial support from an abortion fund (63%), easily accessible online information (43%), and financial support from a clinic-based abortion fund (30%).


      As more Indiana residents are forced to leave the state for abortion care, investing in abortion funds and practical support services will be essential strategies for maintaining access to abortion care across state lines.
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