Texas Clinic Offering Free Abortions To Hurricane Harvey Victims
There is outrage in a Texas community after a healthcare clinic started advertising free abortions to women affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Whole Woman's Health is a Texas based women's health company with clinics based in Austin, San Antonio, Fort Worth and McAllen. The company has been around since 2003 and is committed to providing holistic care for women in the state of Texas. Whole Woman's Health states that their philosophy is "that each woman must be at the center of her own healthcare decisions, and that treating each woman holistically — honoring her head, heart, and body — will better serve women and improve women’s health and happiness in our wider communities."
The reproductive health clinic is partnering up with the Lilith Fund and the Stigma Relief Fund to help women in need of their services who are affected by Hurricane Harvey. In a post on their website on September 1st, the company said they want to be here to help women in Texas during their time of need:
To ensure that our patients get the compassionate, quality abortion care they deserve, we’re providing no-cost abortions during the month of September for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Since the Texas clinics began advertising this, pro-life advocates have been voicing their concern over the no-cost abortions calling them "heinous" and "callous." Melissa Conway, director of external relations for Texas Right to Life, spoke about how abortion is never really free:
"The promotion of this heinous no-cost service is riddled with fallacies because abortion is never free. There is always a cost to abortion. Women are not free from the emotional toll that ensues after abortion and the child is certainly not free to live another day. Abortions, just like the catastrophic effects of a hurricane, are never free and we, as a community, pay the price for their needless destruction."
Whole Woman's Health say they are trying to help women who may have lost the access to abortion clinics in the area:
"Unfortunately, we know all too well that abortion can be difficult to access in some parts of the country, especially in Texas. There are already so many barriers to access this necessary procedure, and natural disasters stand in the way of women getting to their appointment and/or being able to afford care. During Hurricane Harvey, many of the clinics in Houston had to close temporarily, 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."
Find out more information at the Whole Woman's Health website.