Whole Woman’s Health, a reproductive
health care organization, in collaboration with other groups, is
offering free abortions to women affected by Hurricane Harvey.
At least 74 women have already taken the organization up on the offer,
or have scheduled an appointment for the procedure, the Dallas Morning
News reported. The price will be fully covered, as will the cost of
transportation and accommodations, the group said.
But Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, argued against the
notion of a free abortion, claiming that "there is always a cost.”
"The promotion of this heinous no-cost service is riddled with fallacies
because abortion is never free," Melissa Conway, director of external
relations for Texas Right to Life, told Baptist Press. "There is always
a cost to abortion. Women are not free from the emotional toll that
ensues after abortion and the child is certainly not free to live
another day. Abortions, just like the catastrophic effects of a
hurricane, are never free and we, as a community, pay the price for
their needless destruction."
The clinic, which also offered free abortions following hurricanes
Katrina, Rita and Ike, has already raised $15,000 for one woman’s
procedure and travel, and aims to raise a total of $40,000 to cover the
expenses of other patients.
"Texas doesn't have a safety net, so we have to help people raise money
for services," Whole Woman's Health CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller told the
newspaper. "Many of these women are traveling for two days and need
support for travel and child care."
2 362 likes
Twitter Ads info and privacy
The clinic has been involved in numerous legal disputes in Texas, the
Texas Tribune reported. For example, it recently sued the state over a
law that would have banned a second-trimester abortion procedure.
Whole Woman’s Health v. Paxton [Texas state Attorney General Ken Paxton]
is set to begin Nov. 2 in Texas before federal district court Judge Lee
Yeakel, the Federalist reported.