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The overthrow of Roe v. Wade will lead to scarce resources for pregnant people in Texas, groups say

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Groups supporting reproductive rights in Texas have had a head start in navigating abortion restrictions. Last fall, the Heartbeat Act made the process illegal after six weeks. That’s before many people know they’re pregnant.

These groups are already in full swing. They have gathered resources, organized and educated the community about options for pregnant people. But just because they have a blueprint for it doesn’t mean it will be easy in a post-Roe America.

Desireé Luckey is Director of Policy at URGE. She said: “What we have now is that people have to make the best of bad circumstances.”

For many pregnant women in Texas, that has meant forced deliveries, traveling abroad for abortion treatments, or self-treating the procedure with pills in the past nine months. URGE helps connect patients with resources, but Luckey said things were already tight before Friday’s opinion tumbled Roe.

“Abortion funds and practical support funds are very limited to meet all people’s needs. We will see this get worse as the states around us continue to restrict access to abortion treatment,” she said.

Governor Greg Abbott released a statement on Friday supporting the US Supreme Court’s opinion. Part of it pointed to what he did to help pregnant people in need.

Abbott said he has extended Medicaid health coverage to six months after childbirth, committed $345 million to women’s health programs and invested more than $100 million in the Alternatives to Abortion program.

However, a nonpartisan group called the Commonwealth Fund finds that states with the most restrictive abortion laws, including Texas, have the weakest maternal and child health outcomes. They are also the least likely to invest in risk groups.

“We really need to be able to increase funding for those organizations that are working to provide more holistic care to people and are not doing it in a way that shames them or fears not having an abortion, but actually cares about them as a whole person care,” Luckey said.

She received abortion treatment two weeks before SB-8 severely curtailed the procedure in September 2021 in Texas. She said it was still a difficult process and pregnant people deserved better.

She believes that bringing abortion attention now will help her group’s cause to ultimately guarantee justice and make them stronger than before. “I think this is a really great opportunity for organizations like ours to get involved and help people develop the education and civic engagement to be part of the process and the change.”

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