Planned Parenthood’s first abortion clinic on wheels is a fully operational medical facility
Planned parenthoodlast month, it will open its first mobile abortion clinic: a fully operational medical facility that will be stationed in southern Illinois. The idea is to facilitate access to abortion for patients from neighboring states that have banned the procedure.
“Our priority is to ensure voters who have been left behind in these states have access to basic health care,” said Dr. Colleen McNicholas, chief medical officer for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis area. and southwestern Missouri.
The RV is equipped with two examination rooms, a waiting room and a laboratory. Medical abortions will be administered there by the pill by the end of the year, and next year, by surgical interventions, specifies the non-profit organization.
Planned Parenthood employees are calling the mobile center an act of activism in response to the Supreme Court’s June decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Since then, the organization has seen a 370% increase in abortion procedures at its southern Illinois clinic among patients traveling beyond Illinois and Missouri.
“We really are at a critical time, a public health crisis where we need people to think differently, work together, act boldly and take risks,” McNicholas said.
The motorhome is equipped with cameras – and will initially have a security guard.
“We really thought about the safety and security of the unit,” McNicholas said.
But some are against it.
Lobbyist Sam Lee of anti-abortion rights group Campaign Life Missouri called Planned Parenthood’s mobile medical facility “very irresponsible” and said the group was “trying to solicit the women of Missouri.”
“When a woman has a complication, where can you go back for help when that abortion van is gone?” he told CBS News.
Instead, Lee said he wants more resources to go into alternatives for pregnant women in Missouri, such as pregnancy centers and housing assistance.
It “always comes down to women who are unsure of their decision or pressured to make their decision being offered real choices,” he said.