These providers also lack the institutional support, visibility, name recognition, and fundraising capacity of national health centers and hospitals, making it especially difficult for independent clinics to garner the resources they need to provide care in their communities. Over time the number of restrictions, barriers, and challenges that both clinics and patients face has continued to grow.
Since March 2020, independent clinics have also had to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue to face the unprecedented loss of life and economic and public health crisis brought by the pandemic, independent clinics are fighting to keep their doors open and continue to provide essential abortion care to all those who travel to them. Learn more about how COVID-19 is impacting clinics and view a qualitative study here.