Although abortions are legal in Texas, these procedures have become increasingly restricted by the House Bill 2 (HB2). We will use intersectionality to explore the ways in which HB2 places a burden on people who are seeking to have an abortion in Texas, specifically in the El Paso/Rio Grande Region.
A Brief History of HB2
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) voted 5-4 to block the most questionable parts of HB2, allowing a handful of clinics to remain open while it decides whether to hear an appeal. While the SCOTUS’ hold on HB2 could allow a few abortion clinics to remain open, the future is uncertain, especially given Texas’s recent history on reproductive issues.
Furthermore, “71% of jobs in the El Paso metro area cannot sustain a single mom with one child.”
Because of HB2, finding a clinic and getting treatment will be more expensive than ever, not considering other costs, such as taking a day off work or finding childcare. A provision of HB2 requires physicians to administer the drug RU-486 in person (coupled with a 2011 sonogram law), so a patient now needs four separate doctor visits if the drug is taken.
Queer and Trans Folks
If El Paso’s Hilltop Clinic is forced to close, 2 million citizens will be 550 miles from the state’s nearest abortion clinic and El Paso will become the largest U.S. city without access to abortion services.
This map has all the clinics that are currently open in Texas and surrounding areas. If HB2 passes, there will only be 8 clinics in Texas. Notice the large gaps in the rural areas:
Race & Citizenship
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For more organizations that protect reproductive rights and support their communities, visit:
· The Afiya Center
· Forward Together
· Law Students for Reproductive Justice
· National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
· SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW
· URGE (Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity)