Fund Texas Choice (formerly Fund Texas Women) is a non-profit organization that pays for Texans’ travel to abortion clinics. We were formed in response to the passage of Texas House Bill 2, which closed nearly 75% of over 40 Texan clinics in 2013 and 2014. The closures were primarily in rural and low-income areas of the state, necessitating cost-prohibitive, time-wasting, and geographically-difficult travel for groups already facing financial obstacles to abortion.
In the summer of 2016, the Supreme Court dismantled HB2, but our work isn’t finished yet.
This legislation did its damage; most of the clinics closed by HB2 have not reopened. For some friends in West Texas, the closest abortion clinic is a 5-hour drive away. East-Texans near Louisiana and North-Texans near Oklahoma have clinics closer to them but public transit in these regions is extremely sparse. Below is a map of the clinics left in our area.
Since HB2, the Texas legislature has passed more laws restricting abortions and making it difficult to get one. For example, there is a mandatory 24-hour waiting period between an initial consultation with an abortion provider and the abortion. That means it takes a minimum of 2 days, but sometimes even a week! That's why we provide both transportation and accommodation.
Another law - a 6 week abortion ban - the so-called the heartbeat bill - went into effect September 1, 2021. This law puts abortion providers and ANYONE WHO ASSISTS a person at risk. Literally ANYONE can bring a civil suit against them with a minimum award of $10,000.
Thankfully, the pregnant person is not liable, either criminally or civilly.
Nevertheless, Fund Texas Choice continues to serve pregnant people who are seeking abortion-related services and information. We do so in compliance with the law to the best of our understanding.