Leading Texas Abortion Provider to Shut Down

Since the Supreme Court’s ruling on June 24 striking down Roe v. Wade and returning the regulation or prohibition of abortion to the states individually, a pro-life legal victory in Texas has sent one of the state’s major abortion providers packing.

The Texas Supreme Court ruled last Friday that the state’s pre-Roe laws protecting the lives of unborn children are legally effective again as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Immediately after the Dobbs ruling was issued, a judge in Harris County, Texas, issued a temporary restraining order blocking the state’s “trigger law” that was set to become effective automatically if Roe v. Wade was overturned. Some abortion clinics continued performing their services through six weeks of pregnancy according to the Heartbeat Act passed last year in Texas.

After the state supreme court overturned the Harris County restraining order, Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton posted a tweet on Saturday proclaiming the victory for protecting life.

After the ruling, Whole Woman’s Health announced on Wednesday that it is closing its four abortion clinics previously operating in Fort Worth, McKinney, Austin, and McAllen. The organization is attempting to raise money to open a new clinic in New Mexico near its border with Texas.

Other abortion providers in Texas are also reportedly changing their missions by working to facilitate travel for women seeking abortions to other states where the procedure is permitted.

As part of its relocation plan, Whole Woman’s Health established a GoFundMe page seeking donations to establish a new facility in New Mexico. It set a fundraising goal of $750,000 for the project that would provide abortions through the second trimester of pregnancy.

The abortion provider’s CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller told reporters that the organization will have to have “community support” to open up in New Mexico. She said Whole Woman’s Health needed financial help to leave Texas and move its equipment out of state.

Miller said that relocating to New Mexico will allow the organization to offer abortions to residents of “Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, and elsewhere in the South” where the procedure has been or soon will be banned.

New Mexico’s legal system is relatively permissive of abortions and does not appear currently to be likely to enact any new protections for the unborn after the end of Roe.