While there aren’t many abortion wins in Texas these days, we have a big milestone to share. This week marks Whole Woman’s Health of Austin’s 5-year anniversary! Every day that we are open is worth celebrating. Donate now to help us stay open for Texans who need us.
Whole Woman’s Health is rooted in Austin as this was where the organization got its start. But since the clinic opened its doors in 2003, Texas’ anti-abortion legislators have passed nearly 20 restrictions. The compounding effect was staggering, and the clinic was forced to close in 2014. Nevertheless, we persisted, because we know how important is it for Central Texas to have an abortion clinic in their own community. So, 5 years ago, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance acquired Whole Woman’s Health of Austin and reopened as a nonprofit clinic.
Whole Woman’s Health of Austin continues to be the little clinic that could. Since its reopening in April 2017, we have overcome a forced relocation and a month-long closure during COVID-19 when the Governor deemed abortion as “not medically necessary.” Clinic staff also continue to navigate the devastation Senate Bill 8 has caused for 240 days and counting.
What’s unfolding in Texas is a preview for what states could look like when the U.S. Supreme Court rules in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, a case that can weaken or overturn the constitutional right to abortion. If this happens, half of all U.S. states, including Texas, are poised to ban abortion outright.
But here is the thing about Texas abortion providers: we won’t go down without a fight. Whole Woman’s Health of Austin will do whatever it takes to continue to provide the compassionate, stigma-free abortion care that Texans need and deserve.
Will you donate to WWHA right now in honor of our Austin clinic? Any dollar amount will help us invest in the clinic, fund abortion procedures during this critical time, support our clinic staff, and continue to shift abortion stigmas in Texas.