New Texas Abortion Law Pushes Women To Out-Of-State Clinics

FILE - In this March 30, 2021, file photo, pro-life demonstrators gather in the rotunda at the Capitol while the Senate debated anti-abortion bills in Austin, Texas. Even before a strict abortion ban took effect in Texas this week, clinics in neighboring states were fielding more and more calls from women desperate for options. The Texas law, allowed to stand in a decision Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 by the U.S. Supreme Court, bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, typically around six weeks. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

A Texas law that bans most abortions has providers and advocates preparing for an increasing number of women traveling to other states to end their pregnancies.

Clinics are gearing up to boost an aid network meant to ensure women can access the procedure even if it is outlawed in their home state. The Texas law that took effect this week bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, typically around six weeks.

In states like Kansas and Colorado, where abortion is more accessible, providers and aid organizations said they already are seeing more inquiries from Texas women. But traveling out of state is not an option for some.


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