A growing number of women are travelling for abortions amid tightening restrictions and access to services across the country
When Courtney Buckman made the difficult decision to have an abortion, the obvious solution should have been to go to her nearest abortion clinic in Montana.
In fact the most practical option for Buckman was to have the procedure nearly 2,000 miles away from home in New York.
Buckman is one of a growing number of women who are travelling to New York for abortions amid tightening restrictions and access to services across the country.
Under the Trump administration, 27 abortion bans have been signed so far this year across 12 US states including in Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Alabama, Missouri and Mississippi, according to the Guttmacher Institute. As a result, Choices Womens Medical Centre in Jamaica, Queens, has already seen a significant rise in women coming to the centre for abortions from the affected states.
It was actually just last week that I found out it was six weeks along, said Buckman, 24, at Choices, as her three-year-old daughter Belle watched a film on her phone nearby.
And because I do have another child, theres so much interplay with my personal situation because back in Montana where I live, its super expensive Everything else that could possibly come with having another child at this specific moment just isnt a situation that I could actually possibly handle. Right now Im already leaning a lot on my family because I am a single parent.
While she could have had a legal abortion in her home state, a shortage of clinics would have meant a six-hour round trip on a weekday, which could have potentially cost Buckman, who works in customer service, her job. Fortunately, she was able to get an appointment at a clinic during a trip she had already planned to New York.