Texas abortion provider reopens following a 2014 closure due to omnibus anti-abortion bill, HB2.
Nearly ten months after the historic Supreme Court victory in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt decision in June, Whole Woman’s Health of Austin is opening its doors today on April 28th.
“We are so thankful to re-open Whole Woman’s Health of Austin and once again serve the women and families in Central Texas who need and deserve our compassionate, high quality reproductive healthcare services,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health. “Austin is where Whole Woman’s Health got our start in 2003 and we are grateful that our win in the Supreme Court last year on behalf of all Texans has allowed us to take the lead in reopening Texas clinics.”
Whole Woman’s Health of Austin closed in June of 2014 after struggling to comply with the onerous requirements in HB2. The clinic is located its same North Austin location and will be providing reproductive health services, including abortion care up to 15.6 weeks (17.6 from the last menstrual period).
“We are excited to finally bring our Supreme Court victory home to Texas and reopen our flagship Austin clinic,” said Andrea Ferrigno, VP of Growth and Acquisition at Whole Woman’s Health. “The most difficult experience during my thirteen years working for Whole Woman’s Health has been having to turn away patients in different communities across Texas because of HB2. We now get to return to the Austin community where our organization was founded and provide our patients the compassionate care they deserve.”
The flagship Whole Woman’s Health clinic’s re-opening comes in the midst of continued legislative attacks on women to include countless bills currently being debated in this legislative session.
“Whole Woman’s Health has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to ensuring that women throughout the United States have access to high-quality abortion care, leading the charge in a legal battle that resulted in a historic decision by the Supreme Court,” said Stephanie Toti, lead attorney who argued Whole Woman’s Health in the Supreme Court. “Today’s clinic reopening not only improves health care access for millions of Texas women, it shows the power of legal advocacy to move us toward a more just world.”
Whole Woman’s Health is a feminist organization, led by women and committed to providing holistic reproductive health care. We are a group of women’s clinics providing comprehensive gynecology services, including abortion care. It is our philosophy that each woman must be at the center of her own healthcare decisions and that treating each woman holistically will better serve women and improve health and happiness in our communities. We have 7 facilities, 4 located in Texas— Austin, Fort Worth, McAllen, San Antonio, and one in Minneapolis, MN, one in Peoria, IL and one in Baltimore, MD. For more information go to: http://www.wholewomanshealth.com
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