This Session of the Supreme Court Could Determine Abortion Access for Generations
Amy Hagstrom Miller is used to fielding frantic phone calls. She’s been working in abortion care since 1989; in 2003 she founded Whole Woman’s Health, a group of clinics in five states that provide gynecological care and abortions. In Texas, Whole Woman’s hotline is getting one particular call in particular, over and over.
“Women aren’t even sure if abortions are still legal,” Miller says. “They’re calling just to find out.”
The confusion —and fear, and panic— engulfing many Texas women is thanks to HB 2, the omnibus abortion bill passed in 2013 that placed a blizzard of new restrictions on abortion access.Those restrictions include banning abortion after 20 weeks, requiring that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, requiring that abortion clinics meet the standards of an ambulatory surgical center (ASC), and putting new restrictions on medication abortions.