According to the Guttmacher Institute, a research nonprofit that supports abortion rights, the average one-way drive for a Georgia woman to get an abortion will go from 17 miles to 203 miles. The nearest state that’s expected to continue to allow abortions will be North Carolina.
North Carolina has no “trigger law” or immediate plans to ban abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
But Georgia’s other neighboring states — Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida — are expected to move quickly to ban abortions or heighten restrictions. Beyond North Carolina, Virginia or Maryland are the next nearest potential states expected to continue to offer abortion.
Advocates say that for many women, the driving distance to the nearest state will be less important than where a woman has personal contacts, like a relative she can stay with. So a patient may choose to fly to more distant locations rather than drive to the nearest state.