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Reckon’s guide to abortion in Texas

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the long-held right to an abortion for every American and left abortion access up to each state for the first time in 50 years. That led to most abortions being banned in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas. We know more states have existing laws banning abortion that will soon take effect or will pass news laws to ban the procedure.

Information about abortion is changing quickly across the country. And in some states where abortion is already outlawed, healthcare professionals are navigating vague laws that raise questions about whether they’re able to share medically accurate information about the procedure.

Reckon is producing state-by-state guides to help our readers in states with bans understand where and how they can still find the science-based information they need about abortion. We relied on databases such as ineedana.com, talked to community-based abortion workers and verified information with local clinics.

Each guide includes information about current state law, information about the closest open abortion clinics and information about medication abortion.

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), the country’s leading membership organization for OB-GYNs, reiterated shortly before the Supreme Court ruling that abortion is essential healthcare.

Editor’s note: The abortion landscape is evolving rapidly. Our coverage reflects the most up-to-date information we have at the time of publication. Please contact us if you see anything in our stories that should be updated.

About the law

Type of ban: Total

Exceptions: Threat to patient’s life or “substantial impairment of a major bodily function”

Are there doctors in state currently providing abortions: No

Though the state’s trigger law has not yet taken effect, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has authority to enforce a 1925 abortion ban, the state Supreme Court decided July 1. Currently, all abortion, except to save the life of the patient, is banned; criminalizing the provider with up to 5 years in prison.

Who will enforce abortion-related laws? Attorney General Ken Paxton; local prosecutors.

Paxton has said, “Texas law in a post-Roe world has already been written,” and that his office is prepared to enforce the pre-Roe ban and the trigger law once in effect. Local prosecutors in Texas hold the power for criminal enforcement. Several local district attorneys have signed a letter or otherwise vowed not to prosecute people for abortion-related offenses, including those in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Corpus Christi and Fort Bend.

Access to abortion medication via telemedicine

Texas law criminalizes access to abortion pills such as mifepristone via telemedicine or by mail. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has said that states cannot ban mifepristone because it has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Aidaccess.org, an international non-profit, provides doctor-led consultations and mails abortion pills to any state in the country.

Closest abortion provider to major metro areas in Texas (as identified by ineedana.com)

Dallas metro area

Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center

  • Address: 5107 E. Kellogg Drive, Wichita, KS 67218
  • Phone: (316) 260-6934
  • Available up to 21 weeks, 6 days

Center for Women’s Health

  • Address: 4840 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66211
  • Phone: (913) 491-6878
  • Available up to 21 weeks, 6 days

Planned Parenthood, Comprehensive Health Center of Overland Park

  • Address: 4401 W 109th Street #100, Overland Park, KS 66211
  • Phone: (913) 345-1400
  • Available up to 21 weeks, 6 days

Austin metro area

Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center

  • Address: 5107 E. Kellogg Drive, Wichita, KS 67218
  • Phone: (316) 260-6934
  • Available up to 21 weeks, 6 days

University of New Mexico Center for Reproductive Health

  • Address: 2301 Yale Blvd. SE, Building E, Albuquerque, NM 87106
  • Phone: (505) 925-4455
  • Available up to 23 weeks, 6 days

Planned Parenthood, San Mateo

  • Address: 701 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
  • Phone: (505) 265-9511
  • Available up to 19 weeks, 6 days

Houston metro area

Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center

  • Address: 5107 E. Kellogg Drive, Wichita, KS 67218
  • Phone: (316) 260-6934
  • Available up to 21 weeks, 6 days

Center for Women’s Health

  • Address: 4840 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66211
  • Phone: (913) 491-6878
  • Available up to 21 weeks, 6 days

Planned Parenthood, Comprehensive Health Center of Overland Park

  • Address: 4401 W 109th Street #100, Overland Park, KS 66211
  • Phone: (913) 345-1400
  • Available up to 21 weeks, 6 days

San Antonio

Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center

  • Address: 5107 E. Kellogg Drive, Wichita, KS 67218
  • Phone: (316) 260-6934
  • Available up to 21 weeks, 6 days

University of New Mexico Center for Reproductive Health

  • Address: 2301 Yale Blvd. SE, Building E, Albuquerque, NM 87106
  • Phone: (505) 925-4455
  • Available up to 23 weeks, 6 days

Planned Parenthood, San Mateo

  • Address: 701 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
  • Phone: (505) 265-9511
  • Available up to 19 weeks, 6 days

El Paso

University of New Mexico Center for Reproductive Health

  • Address: 2301 Yale Blvd. SE, Building E, Albuquerque, NM 87106
  • Phone: (505) 925-4455
  • Available up to 23 weeks, 6 days

Southwestern Women’s Options

  • Address: 522 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
  • Phone: (505) 242-7512
  • Available up to 32 weeks

Planned Parenthood, San Mateo

  • Address: 701 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
  • Phone: (505) 265-9511
  • Available up to 19 weeks, 6 days

Plano

Center for Women’s Health

  • Address: 4840 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66211
  • Phone: (913) 491-6878
  • Available up to 21 weeks, 6 days

Planned Parenthood, Comprehensive Health Center of Overland Park

  • Address: 4401 W 109th Street #100, Overland Park, KS 66211
  • Phone: (913) 345-1400
  • Available up to 21 weeks, 6 days

Loredo

University of New Mexico Center for Reproductive Health

  • Address: 2301 Yale Blvd. SE, Building E, Albuquerque, NM 87106
  • Phone: (505) 925-4455
  • Available up to 23 weeks, 6 days

Planned Parenthood, San Mateo

  • Address: 701 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
  • Phone: (505) 265-9511
  • Available up to 19 weeks, 6 days

Southwestern Women’s Options

  • Address: 522 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
  • Phone: (505) 242-7512
  • Available up to 32 weeks

Lubbock

Planned Parenthood, San Mateo

  • Address: 701 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
  • Phone: (505) 265-9511
  • Available up to 19 weeks, 6 days

University of New Mexico Center for Reproductive Health

  • Address: 2301 Yale Blvd. SE, Building E, Albuquerque, NM 87106
  • Phone: (505) 925-4455
  • Available up to 23 weeks, 6 days

Southwestern Women’s Options

  • Address: 522 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
  • Phone: (505) 242-7512
  • Available up to 32 weeks

Additional resources:

The Reckon state-by-state abortion guides were reported by Abbey Crain, Anna Claire Vollers, Anna Beahm, John Hammontree, Sarah Swetlik of the Alabama Education Lab and Erica Hensley of the Fuller Project. Clarissa Brooks, Alexis Wray, Katie Johnston, Madison Underwood and Abbey Crain provided graphics. R.L. Nave, John Hammontree, Ruth Serven Smith and Kelly Scott edited the guides.

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