This coming weekend, Texas reproductive justice activists will gather to work together on making abortion accessible to all people who need care in Texas.
We are facing the most severe abortion restrictions this state has seen in over forty years. On September 1, we expect a majority of our remaining Texas abortion clinics to close when the ASC provision of House Bill 2 goes into effect. At most seven clinics will survive September 1, leaving 900,000 Texas women more than 150 miles from the nearest abortion provider.
This is a human rights violation and a repulsive act of political and patriarchal bullying. The following organizations met in Houston in January of 2014 to discuss our response to the fallout from the November 1, 2013 implementation of three other provisions of House Bill 2:
- Bridge Collective (Austin-based transportation and lodging support, full spectrum doula work)
- Cicada Collective (Denton- & Rio Grande Valley-based full spectrum doula work, transportation and lodging support, political education and centering trans* experience within reproductive justice)
- Clinic Access Support Network (Houston-based transportation and lodging support)
- Fund Texas Women (Austin-based statewide transportation and lodging support for those traveling to get an abortion)
- Jane's Due Process (Austin-based statewide legal representation for minors seeking judicial bypass)
- Lilith Fund (Austin-based abortion fund covering the south half of Texas)
- NARAL Pro-Choice Texas (Austin-based statewide lobbying and advocacy organization)
- New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (New Mexico-based transportation and lodging support for those traveling to New Mexico clinics)
- Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (based in Albuquerque; some funding available for Texas clients traveling to New Mexico for abortion care)
- RiseUp/Levanta Texas (Austin- & Rio Grande Valley-based political action network)
- TEA Fund (Dallas-based abortion fund covering the north half of Texas)
- West Fund (new Texas abortion fund covering the El Paso region)
- Whole Woman's Health (statewide network of abortion clinics providing woman-centered holistic care)
The National Network of Abortion Funds generously sponsored and facilitated that first convening, and will attend this second convening (and provide a portion of our catering costs—thanks NNAF!). This time around, the Texas organizations have planned the convening ourselves, and several representatives of each group are traveling to the meeting from all regions of the state. Most of the organizations who attended last time, as well as Southwestern Women's Surgery Center (Dallas-based ASC abortion provider), will participate this weekend.
Most individuals and/or organizations are paying lodging costs out of pocket, but we would love to have your help paying the cost of our meeting room, catering one meal, and providing a travel subsidy for those who would not be able to attend without it.
Your contribution is tax deductible and will be used only to cover the expenses of this convening. This is a wonderful way to support the work we are doing to remove barriers to abortion access! Thanks for your support.