If Roe v. Wade Falls: Travel Distance
for People Seeking Abortion

If the U.S. Supreme Court weakens or overturns Roe v. Wade, 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion. This interactive map allows users to see the potential effects of a total ban, a 15-week ban and a 20-week ban on how far people seeking abortion care would have to drive to find care. The map also shows which states are unlikely to ban abortion and would have the nearest clinic for people driving from states where abortion is banned.

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Explore the map below to view how a total ban, A 15-week ban and A 20-week ban would impact driving distances for people seeking abortion

Women of reproductive age (15–49)

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Average one-way driving distance under current legal status

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Average one-way driving distance under ban

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Increase in average driving distance under ban

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Closest state with no abortion ban

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States these women may drive from (and max number of women who may do so)

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NOTES

* For Texas, this map assumes people can access abortion care at the same level as before the state’s six-week ban went into effect, as legal challenges to the law (S.B. 8) continue.

Average distances refer to the median distance people would need to travel to access abortion care.

People who are already traveling to another state to reach the nearest abortion provider are included in the total number of those who would need to cross states lines under any of the three scenarios.

For states certain or likely to ban abortion, the nearest provider for people seeking abortion care and the average distance they would have to drive may vary based on the legal scenario, as only a subset of providers offer care at later gestations.

In this map, we sometimes refer to the population of interest as “women,” to reflect the terminology used by the U.S. census, from which we draw our data. We recognize that gender identities are diverse and not everyone who needs an abortion may identify as a woman.

MO IA MN WI MI IL IN OH WV VA NC TN KY AR LA TX* OK KS CO NM AZ UT WY NE SD ND MT WA OR CA NV ID MS AL FL GA SC PA NY VT NH ME MA RI CT NJ DE MD AK HI

Ban States

States that are certain or likely to ban abortion, and where residents would no longer be able to obtain care

Nearest Clinic States

States unlikely to ban abortion that would have the nearest provider for people from states where abortion is banned

Other States

States unlikely to ban abortion that would not have the nearest provider for people in states where abortion is banned

NOTES

* For Texas, this map assumes people can access abortion care at the same level as before the state’s six-week ban went into effect, as legal challenges to the law (S.B. 8) continue.

Average distances refer to the median distance people would need to travel to access abortion care.

Percentages may not add to 100 because of rounding.

People who are already traveling to another state to reach the nearest abortion provider are included in the total number of those who would need to cross states lines under any of the three scenarios.

For states certain or likely to ban abortion, the nearest provider for people seeking abortion care and the average distance they would have to drive may vary based on the legal scenario, as only a subset of providers offer care at later gestations.

In this map, we sometimes refer to the population of interest as “women,” to reflect the terminology used by the U.S. census, from which we draw our data. We recognize that gender identities are diverse and not everyone who needs an abortion may identify as a woman.