….“California has become extremely well prepared and done everything possible to be inviting,” said Carole Joffe, a professor at the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. “But simple facts of geography mean that at this moment more people are going to places where it’s still legal in the South and Midwest.”

Even so, the increase in out-of-state patients has had ramifications for California clinics, such as increased wait times in some places.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte — the Bay Area’s main affiliate — prepared to serve between 250 and 500 extra patients per week. Instead, it is seeing about 100 extra patients per month. Even so, that represents an overall four-fold increase from last year.

What’s even more stark is the spike in women who can’t afford to pay for the procedure. Last fiscal year, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte subsidized all or part of the cost of 2,800 abortions. This fiscal year, that number has jumped to more than 3,500 — showcasing the impact abortion bans have on low-income women….

The number of out-of-state patients seeking abortions at Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties increased three-fold between June — when Roe v. Wade was overturned — and August, said Nichole Ramirez, senior vice president of communication and donor relations. That’s on top of a 900% increase between September 2021 — when a Texas law banning most abortions took effect — and June.

“Our numbers have been large but manageable, I would say, and I think that’s because we were ready for it,” Ramirez said.

The Southern California Planned Parenthood affiliate has hired more than 80 new abortion providers since July, and, at one clinic, added nine new rooms where the procedure can be performed. As a result, Ramirez said that the surge hasn’t impacted wait times, and clinics generally have next-day appointments available.

Most out-of-state patients come from Texas — where anyone can sue someone who “aids or abets” an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy — and Arizona — where two conflicting abortion laws and resulting lawsuits have caused widespread confusion over whether the procedure will be legal from one day to the next….

Full story in ArcaMax.