University of Texas at Austin

Study: Texas abortions declined as clinics got farther away

The number of abortions performed throughout Texas dropped after a 2013 law forced the closure of clinics in all but the largest cities, and the decline was steeper the farther a woman lived from one of the remaining clinics, a study found.

The U.S. Supreme Court last year struck down Texas' tougher abortion regulations — known as HB2 — but not before more than 20 clinics closed, including nearly all that served rural and midsized cities. None have reopened since.

A study published Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that the law affected Texas' abortion numbers before it was overturned. Researchers say the steepest declines in...