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.
Finally, abortion procedures in Texas last a minimum of 2 days, due to the state’s mandatory 24-hour waiting period. Longer appointments can last a week. So, we provide two primary services to those who qualify: transportation and accommodation.