Texas women have those options with Roe v. Wade canceled

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On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a 1973 decision guaranteeing Americans the right to abortion. This will almost completely limit access to legal abortions in Texas.

With the annulment of Roe v. Wade, most abortions in Texas will soon become a crime. Anyone who performs, induces or attempts to perform an abortion faces up to 20 years in prison if the abortion is unsuccessful, or life in prison if the abortion is performed, as well as a civil penalty of at least $100,000 for each breach.

There are only two exceptions: if a patient is in a “life-threatening physical condition” or if the pregnancy “poses a serious risk of substantial impairment of a major bodily function”.

Contraceptive options

It has now become more important to use effective and reliable methods of contraception. Medical experts say this means using two methods simultaneously to reduce the risk of pregnancy.

Emergency contraception

You can buy emergency contraception without a prescription. People of all ages can purchase “Plan B One Step” and its generic versions at a local over-the-counter pharmacy. It sells for between $35 and $60. To find a CE supplier, call Emergency Contraception Helpline at 1-888-NOT-2-LATE (668-2528). Rape victims who want CE can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), which will connect you with CE providers near you.

Condoms

People of all ages can buy condoms at a pharmacy, pharmacy, grocery store, or online. A dozen condoms cost about $12, while internal or female condoms cost about $2-4 each. You can get free or discounted condoms from health centers like Planned parenthood, HIV testing centers and local health services. Call 1-800-230-PLAN (7526) for the nearest Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood patients may also be eligible for birth control, emergency contraception, STD/STI screening and treatment, and low-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings.

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A minor must obtain a parent’s permission to obtain a prescription contraceptive, unless he is married. Title X clinics provide confidential sexual and reproductive health care for adolescents and adults. The clinics offer services including prescriptions for the pill, counseling on pregnancy options, and testing for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases and infections. Decreasing fees are charged. Use the clinic locator tool to find a location near you. There are also several over-the-counter pills that you can buy online, on telehealth platforms like Nurx and Foster. After an initial $15 consultation, your contraceptive is delivered to you. Without insurance, you will pay $15 for a pack of Nurx pills and $6.99 to $10.66 for Favor pills.

Options advice

All-Options provides non-judgmental unintended pregnancy support and options advice. They help with decisions, feelings and experiences regarding pregnancy, parenthood, abortion and adoption.

The Call line full options offers free peer counseling to callers from anywhere in the United States. Call 1-888-493-0092 for help with abortion, adoption, infertility, parenthood and pregnancy loss. The faith out loud the clergy counseling line offers spiritual and religious support through abortion or pregnancy experiences. Trained clergy of various denominations are available at 1-888-717-5010.

If you are considering adoption, call the Texas Adoption Center at 512-893-7943 or text 361-461-3742.

Abortion Providers

People considering an abortion can call the National Abortion Federation hotline at 800-772-9100 to learn about their options and get case management support. Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends.

In Texas, Abortion is currently authorized up to six weeks of pregnancy. They can only be provided if no embryonic or fetal heart activity is detected in your ultrasound.

The state requires you to attend a state-run informational appointment in person, wait 24 hours, and then return for another appointment for your abortion. This means that you must make at least two trips to the health center.

If you are looking for resources outside of Texas, 26 clinics currently offer abortions in the states closest to Texas, namely Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico. Visit needabortion.org for a list of locations.

If you can travel out of state, Whole Woman’s Health now offers abortion pills delivered by mail up to 11 weeks pregnant in New Mexico. Call 877-835-8631 to verify your eligibility. Also, if you visit a Whole Woman’s Health clinic in another state, the cost of your travel and treatment may be fully covered.

Plan C provides information to help people access abortion pills.

For help after an abortion, call the Exhale hotline at 1 866-439-4253 or text 617-749-2948.

Legal assistance

  • Jane’s Due Process — Provides free legal aid to pregnant minors, including information on judicial avoidance. Support Hours: 24/7/365 | Texting Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. 1-866-999-5263 (English and Spanish; also accepts texting) | janesdueprocess.org

  • If/When/How — Provides information and resources on legal rights. ifwhencomment.org

  • Repro Legal Fund — The Repro Legal Defense Fund covers bail and finances strong defenses for people who are investigated, arrested or prosecuted for self-directed abortion. reprolegaldefensefund.org

Funding

  • Brigitte Alliance — Provides funds for travel to New Mexico and Colorado. brigidalliance.org/

  • The Afiya Center – A North Texas organization that provides childcare assistance, food, transportation, escorts to and from clinics, abortion and childbirth doulas, and financial assistance. Hotline: 972-629-9266 MWF 8am-12pm (Leave a message with full name, date of birth, zip code and type of assistance) or at [email protected] | theafiyacenter.org/

  • Indigenous Women Rise Up — Indigenous Women Rising helps fund abortions in the United States and Canada for Indigenous people. To use this funding, you must be able to prove that you belong to a tribal community. Call or text 505-398-1990. https://www.iwrising.org/abortion-fund

  • La Frontera Fund — Provides funding, travel and accommodation for the Rio Grande Valley. 956-887-0706 (English and Spanish) | fronterafundrgv.org

  • Loop bunnies – Provides financial assistance, material support, and resources to abortion seekers across Texas. loopbunnies.org/

  • Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project — Helps people of all ages, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds who are financially unable to pay for emergency contraceptives or safe legal abortions. wrrap.org/contact us/

  • Lilith Fund — Provides direct funding for abortion services in central and southern regions of Texas. English: 1-877-659-4304 | Spanish: 1-877-355-1461 | lilithfund.org

  • Texas Equal Access Fund — Provides direct funding for abortion services in the North Texas region. Call: 1-888-854-4852 | Text: (844) TEA-FUND (844-832-3863) | teafund.org

  • West Fund — Provides direct funding for abortion services in El Paso and West Texas. Bilingual English/Spanish hotline: 915-213-4634 (also accepts SMS) | westfund.org

  • Mariposa Fund — Helps pay undocumented people seeking abortion services. 505-242-7512 | mariposafund.org/

  • Anti-Stigma FundThe Anti-Stigma Fund assists patients receiving care Overall Women’s Health the establishments pay the medical costs.

  • National Network of Abortion Funds — References for direct funding sources in your area.

Accommodation and transportation

  • The Bridge Collective – Provides transportation to and from Central Texas clinics, as well as volunteer accommodations and other practical supports as needed. Provides free emergency contraception and pregnancy testing in the Austin area. 512-524-9822 | thebridgecollective.org

  • Texas Choice Funds — Provides lodging and transportation for patients in Texas. 1-844-900-8908 | fundtexaschoice.org

  • Clinic Access Support Network – Provides rides to and from Houston area clinics, rideshares, bus tickets, gas money, childcare assistance, compassionate care, lodging, and financing of procedures (in limited cases). Hours: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. English: 281-947-2276 (ext. 1) | Spanish: 281-947-2276 (ext. 2) | clinicaccess.org

This story was originally published June 24, 2022 2:09 p.m.

Dalia Faheid is a reporter in Star-Telegram’s service journalism team. She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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