From our Executive Director:
Los Angeles, CA (June 27, 2016) - Today the Supreme Court announced their decision in Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt re-affirming the right of women to exercise autonomy over their bodies by striking down HB2, Texas' egregious anti-abortion law.
"Black Women for Wellness is relieved that women can take a sigh of relief knowing that for now Texas ridiculous and unnecessary HB2, put in place solely to limit abortion care, was a bridge too far," said Janette Robinson Flint - Executive Director of Black Women for Wellness. She continued, "Although this ruling did not reverse the years of unnecessary and cruel obstacles put in place to strip women's rights, it sends a clear message that the current path of anti-women, zealot politicians to use deceptive practices and sham laws to close clinics ends here. Women should be free to make decisions about their bodies with dignity and free from shame. "
How we got here:
Texas is the second most populous state, home to over 725,000 Black women of reproductive age. In 2013, Texas passed HB2, a sweeping measure that imposes numerous restrictions on access to abortion, including a requirement that providers obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals, and every health care facility offering abortion services meet building specifications to essentially become mini - hospitals, unnecessary and costly procedures for local clinics. This case, if not struck down, would have resulted in the closure of almost all of the women's clinics in Texas, leaving only a handful (10) to serve the millions of women within the state.
Prior to the enactment of HB 2, there were more than 40 facilities providing abortions in Texas throughout the state. As of October 2015, that number has dwindled to 19. HB 2 resulted in women, many of them being of color, facing delays as long as 20 days to receive an initial consultation for abortion up from an average wait time of 5 days prior to the enactment in 2013. The Supreme Court decision today would allow many of the clinics to open and re-open in the state of Texas. Currently they are over 20 states in the U.S. that have similar restrictions seen in HB2.
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BWW is excited that Texas Well Women’s Clinics offering a comprehensive range of women’s health care, including abortion, as well as the many other clinics across the state, will be able to continue to serve the women of Texas! ... See MoreSee Less
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