“This bill allows better care, particularly on neighbor islands where there is a shortage of physicians and specialists and people have to travel and incur costs to get the care they need,” Gov. David Ige said at a press conference Monday.
Dr. Reni Soon, the chair of the Hawaii Section of the American College Of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said she is among the few doctors who fly to neighbor islands to provide reproductive health care to patients.
One of her patients who lived on Maui could not afford to fly to Oahu for care, she said.
“We couldn’t fly for several months and so there was no access to abortion care on Maui for several months during the pandemic,” Soon said. “This would not have happened if there were more abortion providers on Maui and this law will help make that a reality.”
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