North Texas clinics that provide access to abortions are reacting to the possibility that Roe v. Wade be knocked down.
With sites in Fort Worth and McKinney, independent national abortion provider Whole Woman’s Health says it has seen a 40% drop in the number of patients they can treat in Texas since an abortion law took effect. State prohibits most abortions once heart activity is detected, which is around six weeks.
Texas faces an automatic ban on abortions or severe limitations if Roe v. Wade was canceled.
When asked who would be most affected, Andrea Ferrigno, vice president of Whole Woman’s Health, said “marginalized communities, people of color, immigrants, people living in poverty.”
Tristeza Ordex, a Navy veteran and national veterans’ organizer, says women in the military would also be among the most vulnerable.
“I think a lot of these young women serving in the military are, ‘No, I’m not ready to have a child because I have to follow my peers, my male peers.’ And then you have individuals who are sexually assaulted in the military, and some of those sexual assaults result in pregnancies,” Ordex said.
“You have these people who have to look for resources outside of the military. And with that, it’s happening right now with Roe v. Wade, it limits that for women serving in the military.”
Whole Woman’s Health will continue to serve North Texans while guiding others further afield, to states that currently provide the procedure.
“We help people get out of their communities, sometimes taking a flight for the very first time,” Ferrigno said.