Cape’s lack of abortion services forces longer travel time, advocates say

While women in Massachusetts will maintain the right to an abortion whether or not the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, residents of the Cape and Islands have faced geographic obstacles to pregnancy termination services for years.

“The nearest access to abortion care is over 90 miles away,” state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, said.

“The closest location with access to surgical abortion is either Boston or Attleboro,” Cyr said.

Over the years there has been a lot of talk about but little action on replacing services once provided by the Women’s Health Center in Hyannis.

The abortion provider on Camp Street closed in 2008 when a client died after a procedure.

More:Doctor jailed in Hyannis abortion death Friday, in 2010

The physician running the practice, Rapin Osathanondh, lost his medical license and was sentenced to six months in prison after he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of a woman whose heart stopped while under anesthesia.

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