We did it y’all, and we’re not done yet.
Fund Texas Choice was established in direct response to House Bill 2, legislation from the summer of 2013 that shuttered the doors of dozens of Texas abortion clinics. The clinics that closed were mostly in rural parts of our state — ones that served low-income people of color. Their absence created “abortion deserts” in our state, such that for some populations, the closest abortion clinic was 300 miles away.
So, since October 2013, we have funded Texans’ travel to abortion clinics.
With only 8-15 clinics open at any given time–depending on the constant flux of legislation, and each clinic’s ability to retain their staff in a hostile political climate and stay afloat after taking on all the patients in the state–we have planned Texans’ trips to abortion clinics.
At all times of day and night, we have resent paperwork to hotel front desks, we have rescheduled flights after unexpected delay, we have booked rooms at midnight during rain, snow, and ice–we have ensured Texans’ access to abortion.
We are simply elated that on Monday, the Supreme Court struck down House Bill 2. We won. The Supreme Court affirmed and ruled what our clients have lived — the effects of HB2 created an undue burden for Texans seeking abortion.
Please, visit our website to read our joint statement with other Texas Abortion Funds — we could not do our work without them; this victory is shared widely across our state.
Our sibling Funds are our heart, and so are you. We are overwhelmed by the power of the communities doing this work, and who will continue to do this work as clinics rebuild over the coming years. Your support has sustained us and fuels us forward.
We are acutely aware that our work is not finished, so on Tuesday, we seated four new board members from all over the state. Fund Texas Choice will not stop working until our clinics reopen, not until all TRAP laws are struck down following the precedent of HB2. We will continue the fight for reproductive justice and bodily autonomy for all. And we sure as hell will continue funding Texans’ travel to abortion clinics.
This weekend, though, we celebrate.
Fund Texas Choice’s board and staff
PS: Please read our joint statement with our partners in the abortion access community:
Texas Abortion Funds Respond to Historic Supreme Court Decision Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt
TEXAS — Today the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt allowing existing abortion clinics in Texas to remain open. In a 5-3 decision, Justices Breyer, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan affirmed that the the Texas omnibus anti-abortion law, known as House Bill 2, placed undue burdens for people seeking abortion in Texas.
Texas abortions funds and practical support organizations, whose mission it is to assist low-income people in Texas in overcoming barriers to abortion access, celebrate this great victory for reproductive rights and justice in Texas. The Bridge Collective, Clinic Access Support Network, La Frontera Fund, Fund Texas Choice, Lilith Fund, Stigma Relief Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund and West Fund issued the following statement:
“We commend the Supreme Court’s ruling reaffirming the constitutional rights of all people seeking abortion in this state. This is just the first step in dismantling hundreds of medically unnecessary laws aimed creating barriers to abortion access. While there is still work left to do to ensure all people have access to safe abortion care, we know that when clinic doors are able to remain open across the state, our clients have a better chance of getting the care they need. We remain committed to this work so that all people have bodily autonomy, and the resources and community support to build their families with dignity and respect.”
Prior to Texas House Bill 2 in 2013, there were 41 abortion clinics operating in the state. If HB 2 was in full effect, there would be fewer than 10 abortion clinics serving the entire state of Texas with millions of people of reproductive age.