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

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


While women in Massachusetts will retain the right to an abortion even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, Cape and Islands residents have faced geographic barriers to pregnancy termination services for many years.

“The nearest abortion care route is more than 90 miles away,” Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, state.

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

Over the years there has been much talk about but little action to replace the services previously provided at the Women’s Health Center in Hyannis.

A large crowd gathered alongside the Rotary Airport in Hyannis as part of a national protest over new laws passed by some states to limit abortion rights, in a 2019 photo.

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

In addition:Doctor jailed for Hyannis abortion released to death, in 2010

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



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