Texas is facing a crisis in abortion access.
The passage of HB2, the law currently at the center Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case before the Supreme Court, resulted in the closures of more than half of the clinics in the state. This crisis means that low-income women, in particular Latina women, are unable to access the abortion care they need.
Here’s what this crisis can really look like:
- 55% of women in Texas have reported at least one barrier to accessing abortion.
- Nearly one million people seeking abortion in Texas live 150+ miles away from the nearest clinic.
- There is 1 abortion provider for every one million Texans with the potential to become pregnant.
- For some, the distance to closest clinic could be as far as 500 miles (for example, Harlingen to San Antonio).
- The cost of gas to travel those 500 miles could be up to $50.
- A two night stay, due to waiting periods in Texas, means up to $140 for hotel costs.
- Two thirds of women who have abortions already have children. The Texas law means arranging costly child care — potentially up to $700.
- Time off from work due to the distance and waiting periods means lost wages, a significant barrier for low-income women (who make up 42% of women accessing abortion care).
- So it’s no surprise that between 100,000 and 240,000 women in Texas may have attempted to self-induce abortion.
What is happening in Texas right now is a reproductive health care crisis — and at this point, the Supreme Court must act to prevent this crisis from worsening.