Planned Parenthood announced plans on Monday (Oct. 3) to launch the group’s “first-ever mobile abortion clinic in the country.”
A 37-foot RV is expected to be operational by the end of the year in Illinois and will offer abortions to those who live in neighboring states where abortion has been illegal or limited since the Supreme Court’s decision in June to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The mobile clinic, which will be equipped with a waiting room, a lab and two exam rooms, will begin providing abortion through offering abortifacient drugs up to 11-weeks gestation and then will begin offering surgical abortions within a few months, the Associated Press reported.
“It will serve the border regions of southern Illinois to meet patients closer to where they are,” Planned Parenthood said in a statement. The group also announced plans for “expanding its footprint” in Missouri by opening it first rural health center in Rolla.
‘Another grotesque demeaning of human life’
In a statement, the National Right to Life Committee called Planned Parenthood’s latest announcement “another grotesque demeaning of human life.”
“Chemical abortions can lead to life-threatening complications,” said Laura Echevarria, spokeswoman for the pro-life group. “Will women recognize those complications early enough to seek treatment?”