Planned Parenthood plans mobile abortions RV
Illinois mobile RV to travel state boarders, near KY, TN, MO
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Exactly 100 days after the Supreme Court overturned the federal constitutional right to abortions, Planned Parenthood revealed by the end of the calendar year, their new, 37-foot RV will perform abortions in Illinois.
Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri Chief Medical Officer Dr. Colleen McNicholas said Monday, “We are doubling down on our commitment to reproductive freedom.”
The organization plans to travel along the Illinois state borders in hopes of offering abortions to women in Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, and other bordering, pro-life states.
Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri President & CEO Yamelsie Rodriguez reports, “Since Roe fell 100 days ago, patients coming to our Fairview Heights Health Center from outside Missouri and Illinois have increased by more than 340 percent.”
Planned Parenthood says the high demand has resulted in longer wait times.
“We have seen wait times skyrocket from four days to two and a half weeks,” said Rodriguez. “And that is with an increase in clinic hours and days of operations.”
The mobile unit comes with a lab, a waiting room, and two exam rooms.
“We’re adapting our service lines to provide the same quality care that we do in our health centers, but now in a mobile unit,” added McNicholas.
The non-profit organization is still developing travel routes and appointment scheduling dynamics. They hope to have the mobile unit up and operational by the end of the calendar year – beginning its route along Illinois’ southern border.
Rodriguez concluded, “We hope that this will be a model that can be replicated in other states… where abortion continues to be accessible.”