Abortion Clinics in Texas Help Women Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Whole Women’s Health (WWH), a group of clinics that provide abortion care and other reproductive health services, announced on September 8th that it will offer free abortions to women impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas for the entire month of September. They have stated that they will set up four locations in Texas in partnership with abortion funds like Lilith Fund and its own Stigma Relief Fund, where these abortion services will come at no cost to the patients. The group said in their recent online statement, “during Hurricane Harvey, many of the clinics in Houston had to close, leaving women with very few options…continued political attacks on abortion access make an unwanted pregnancy particularly stressful in Texas — add that to the stress of dealing with hurricane aftermath.” In crisis situations, women’s sexual and reproductive health care programs are often forgotten by disaster relief groups. Whole Women’s Health stated, “the need for abortion care does not stop for natural disasters.” The lack of sexual health facilities and aid for women during times of disasters and crises can cause higher rates of sexually transmitted infections and unsafe abortions and pregnancies. It has also been shown that high levels of sexual […]

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