Southern Illinois clinics coordinate abortions for out-of-state women

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Two abortion providers near St Louis cut the ribbon Friday on a center designed to help clients traveling to Illinois if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

The Regional Logistics Center will be operated jointly by Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Hope Clinic for Women, an abortion clinic just over the Missouri border in Granite City.

Hope Clinic Executive Director Dr. Erin King said her organization is seeing more patients coming from the South and Midwest.

“The outcomes are clear. The laws are pushing patients further and further out of their own communities and healthcare systems,” King said.

Yamelsie Rodríguez, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of St. Louis, said they expect to help women most affected by restrictions — those who are young, poor and of color.

The logistics center will help patients with travel, child care, hotel stays and other details when coming to Illinois for abortions.