CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MAY 14: Abortion rights demonstrators march past a family planning clinic on their way into downtown following a rally in Union Park on May 14, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. The march was one of many taking place nationwide today as concerns grow over a leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court that would end federal protections for women choosing to have an abortion . (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Across the U.S. West, rural residents have historically faced barriers in accessing abortion, such as long travel distances and lack of transportation. Now, abortion providers serving rural areas are concerned those pre-existing challenges could be further compounded by the overturning of Roe v. Wade, as more patients travel to their clinics from states where the procedure is now banned or greatly restricted. In Oregon, the sole Planned Parenthood clinic serving the eastern half of the state is hiring more staff in expectation of an influx of patients from neighboring Idaho, where a trigger law banning most abortions is expected to take effect this summer.