As abortion clinics have shut down across the United States, one contributing factor to restrictions might be an unlikely culprit: Obamacare.
Though federal law on abortion has changed little, on the state level, 205 restrictions were enacted between 2011 and 2013. Access, as a result, has fallen, according to Vox.
The strategy by pro-life groups to restrict abortion on the state level has been covered by The Atlantic. Obamacare policy on abortion, however, led to a backlash from conservative-controlled legislatures.
The success of Obamacare, ironically, energized pro-life groups to agitate on the state level, and pro-choice groups couldn’t combat it.
While Obamacare, in a sense, has furthered restrictions and access to abortion, it can’t be blamed for clinics that were forced to shut down.
As Nick Gillespie at Reason notes, clinic closures result from the complicated rules on the state-level aimed at accomplishing that.
“Abortion clinics literally cannot comply with the law and are hence forced to close, not [because] of any medical malpractice or potential for danger but because they can’t meet arbitrarily chosen and impossibly stacked rules,” Gillespie wrote.
Those rules, implemented by pro-life advocates who say they want to defend women’s healthcare, are more about making clinics disappear than a legitimate concern over the quality of healthcare that the clinics offer.
While abortion might remain legal, in more places across the continue, it’s become effectively outlawed and impossible to obtain.