Today, Texas’s Senate Bill 8 (SB8) — an extreme anti-abortion law — goes into effect. The law bans abortion around six weeks of pregnancy — and it allows anyone, anywhere to use lawsuits to harass anyone who provides or assists Texans in getting an abortion after that point. This law has already had a chilling effect on patients and providers in Texas.
We know that abortion restrictions force clinics to close. Even if a ban is eventually overturned, clinics are at risk of closing as legal battles play out — and once a clinic closes, it’s nearly impossible to re-open. In order to protect abortion access and ensure that there are still abortion clinics in Texas going forward we must keep clinics open now.
Independent abortion clinics are especially vulnerable, since they operate without a national network and the associated resources, name recognition, and mobilizing power. It will take all of us to help these bold, community-based clinics keep their doors open, fight the legal battles ahead, and ensure patients can get the care they deserve. Keep Our clinics also helps support clinics in surrounding states as they prepare to provide care to an influx of patients traveling from Texas.
While advocates on the ground and legal experts work to defeat this unjust ban, we can — and must — work collectively to keep Texas clinics open and support clinics in surrounding states. Keep Our Clinics helps clinics:
- cover mounting legal fees to fight essential court battles
- make security upgrades to keep patients and staff safe from anti-abortion extremists
- hire and pay staff who are providing legal, compassionate care at indie clinics
- support physicians traveling to provide legal abortion care in the south
- pay rent and purchase necessary supplies to keep patients and staff safe
We believe SB8 can be defeated — but it will take all of us to make sure that this ban doesn’t close Texas clinics for good. We ask you to join us: help ensure that clinics will be around to provide care after this unjust, unconstitutional ban is blocked by supporting independent clinics today.