Texas solidarity: double your gift!
The news broke on Thursday night: a higher court overruled last week's decision that portions of Texas' omnibus abortion bill were unconstitutional.
Overnight, clinics closed. Just like that. There was barely time to notify clinic staff.
As of today, at least nine of the state's abortion clinics have already closed. Hundreds of women received calls this morning to say their appointments had to be cancelled – indefinitely. Both abortion clinics in the Texas' Rio Grande Valley, home to the two poorest cities in the entire country, have closed for now.
“We are spending this morning calling clinics to find out which ones of them will remain open, and which will be closed. We’ll also be following up with our clients who have appointments at the clinics who are closing to find out how we can help them reschedule appointments at other clinics, and what kinds of assistance they’ll need,” said Lilith Fund president-elect Lindsay Rodriguez this morning.
The Texas Equal Access Fund has been updating the provider section on their site all day to reflect which of North Texas' abortion providers are still able to keep their doors open. As of November 1, only 5 of the 14 clinics can provide abortions.
That's what abortion funds do. It's what we've always done: abortion funds are simply groups of people banding together, pooling our resources, and offering help to those with the greatest needs. And we are working with multiple new groups organizing to help women affected by these new laws. We’re bringing them together with our existing funds to collaborate on a coordinated system to help people with transportation and somewhere to stay.
There is an immediate need for funds to help cover these extra expenses.
We need your help to raise $20,000 by the end of next week. And we’re excited to tell you that for every dollar you give to the National Network of Abortion Funds, a generous donor will match your gift to go directly to abortion funds in Texas, up to $10,000.