"Abortion access in the South will only get worse as the damage done by this awful ruling continues to compound, and more conservative states pass abortion bans," the corporation said. "We are stepping up to ensure everyone has a trusted, independent abortion provider as nearby as legally possible."
Andrea Ferrigno, WWH corporate vice president, said that they listen to their patients and their needs, as well as the needs of the community so that they respond to the said needs and create policies and plans accordingly. (Related: Human rights organization says unborn babies aren’t human and have no rights.)
The corporation, however, added that it plans to move operations to New Mexico as its abortion laws are not as stringent. WWH's upcoming facility in the Land of Enchantment will likely be one of the closest options for Texans seeking abortions.
Ferrigno commented that it was difficult to leave the Lone Star State considering its size, adding that traveling to other states could prove challenging for those seeking help. However, travel patterns between Texas and New Mexico tend to be easier and people could feel more comfortable because it is recognizable to them, which could make a difference for the patients.
Even though WWH has a program to help cover interstate abortion travel costs to their clinics, it says a new location in New Mexico would be beneficial for those in southern states. They also expect to perform procedures for individuals seeking abortion coming from New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and other southern states with stricter laws.
"We are still processing the fact that our lives' work in Texas is over," said Ferrigno.
WWH's finances appeared to be in trouble as evidenced by its use of a GoFundMe account to raise $750,000 for its new planned abortion facilities. The corporation said that with the closing of its Texas clinics, it does not have the financial reserve to open in New Mexico without support.
"We are asking for your help as we vacate our Texas clinics, move our needed equipment and supplies, buy and renovate a new clinic building, relocate and hire staff, and set up Whole Woman's Health of New Mexico," said Amy Hagstrom Miller, president and CEO of WWH and WWH Alliance.
WWH also said that it is working on securing clinic space that will allow it to support those who are "desperately seeking safe and legal abortion care."
This is not the first time WWH was involved in a precarious situation. It challenged the basic health and safety standards regulations in Texas in 2016 and won in the Supreme Court.
But inspection reports found numerous problems – including health code violations, sanitation problems and failure to properly disinfect and sterilize used instruments. The reports added that its Austin facility did not provide women with a phone number to call for post-abortion complications.
WWH is not the only abortion facility to shut down in the South.
Jackson's Women's Health Organization, which lost its case related to Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban on June 24, also announced its closure. At least 49 other facilities have also shut down or stopped operations in the two weeks since the Supreme Court reversed the Roe v. Wade decision.
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