These providers also lack the institutional support, visibility, name recognition, and fundraising capacity of national health centers and hospitals, making it especially difficult for these community-based providers to garner the resources they need to provide care in their communities. Over time the amount of restrictions, barriers, and challenges clinics face has continued to grow.
This year, independent clinics also had to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic as essential healthcare workers. As we all continue to face the unprecedented loss of life and economic and public health crisis brought by the pandemic, independent clinics are also fighting to keep their doors open and continue to provide essential abortion care to all those who travel to them for care. Learn more about how COVID-19 is impacting clinics and view a qualitative study here.