In these American cities, women must travel more than 100 miles for an abortion

Abortion was legalized in the U.S. in 1973, but whether women have access to the procedure depends largely on where they live, reproductive rights advocates say.

Some 27 cities in the United States have been labeled “abortion deserts” — zones in which people need to travel more than 100 miles each way to reach an abortion facility. The Midwest has the highest number of “abortion deserts” while the Northeast has the lowest number, a study from a reproductive health research group at the University of California, San Francisco found.

The actual procedure is just part of the cost for women seeking abortion, said Lindsay Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the National Network of Abortion Funds, which raises money for women to get abortions.

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