Advocates Have Been Overwhelmed Since Texas’s “Heartbeat Act”
Everyone involved in women’s health care had a hectic week last week. Since September 1, when Senate Bill 8, often known as the “Heartbeat Act,” was adopted in Texas, abortion clinics and advocacy groups have been inundated with calls from Texas women in need of an abortion.
Hundreds of abortion advocate groups and clinics have been contacted by Spectrum News 1. We were inundated with calls from many patients, and we were unable to communicate with them. Some facilities had overflowing voicemail boxes and a hotline that couldn’t take any more calls.
Since the Roe v. Wade Decisions, which imposed one of the tightest abortion regulations since 1973, abortion advocates have campaigned nonstop for reproductive rights, and now their mission is to help women get out-of-state abortions. The new law makes abortion illegal six weeks after a woman’s last menstruation, and it permits the government to sue anyone in the commercial sector or a citizen who assists women in having an abortion.
Inquiries to the phone center have doubled, according to Marva Sadler, Senior Director of Whole Woman’s Health Clinic Services, and most clinics are fully booked.
She stated that “The switch between ensuring that I do everything I can for my patients and knowing exactly what’s going on with the staff who are definitely in a really bad position. It’s not for me to be. “
According to Sadler, the issue is that many women, particularly those of color, lack the financial means to travel out of state. According to Texas health data for 2020, black women account for around 30% of Texas abortions, although they make up only 12% of the state’s population.
Black women are more likely than white or Hispanic women to die from pregnancy-related causes in the United States.
Sadler said that “Some of those conversations are so short that even if a woman or family doesn’t have the means to travel, referrals don’t matter, so they don’t even reach the point of referrals.” Advocacy agencies are busy raising clinics to help women.
According to Caroline Duble, AVOW’s political director, he has already raised more than $ 2 million. We contacted Texas Light to Life, a professional pro-life organization, to comment on the consequences of these out-of-state abortions.
Governor Greg Abbott remarked during a news conference on Tuesday morning that Texas should focus more on ending rape so that women don’t need abortions. The abortion ban in Texas does not make pregnancies immune to rape or incest.
Only 1% of abortions were caused by rape, according to research by the Guttmacher Institute. According to the Justice Department, only around 1% of rapes reported to the police result in a conviction.
But advocates argue that this isn’t about abortion; rather, it’s about justice for women, particularly BIPOC women, who have been disproportionately affected by reproductive difficulties long before the law was created.