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Post-Dobbs, abortion clinics find new ways to serve patients in states with bans

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In recent years, a reproductive health clinic in Houston downsized its operations and shifted its focus. The clinic reduced its physical space and staffing, transitioning to a smaller facility that no longer provides abortion services. Despite the changes, the clinic remained open and expanded to offer other reproductive health services. This shift is part of a larger trend following a Supreme Court decision two years ago that ended the federal right to abortion. Since then, several states have implemented near-total bans on abortion, resulting in limited access to abortion services in more than a quarter of US states. This has led to clinics either closing down or finding alternative ways to provide care, such as relocating to areas where abortion is still accessible. The overall number of abortion clinics in the US has not drastically changed, but the closures have had significant effects on access to abortion care, particularly in regions that have already experienced restrictions on services. The closures also highlight the financial challenges faced by clinics in a changing landscape. Despite these difficulties, some clinics have adapted by expanding their services or relocating to more accessible areas. Additionally, the rise of telehealth services has provided some relief by allowing remote consultations and prescription of medication abortion drugs. However, the future of access to abortion remains uncertain as ongoing legal challenges and ballot measures continue to shape policies.