In June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas’ House Bill 2, one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. But the damage was already done. Data released by the state health department in the wake of the decision confirmed what the plaintiffs in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt had contended: HB 2 drastically reduced Texas women’s ability to access abortion and it had a disproportionate impact on poor women of color. More than 20 abortion clinics shut down after HB 2 was passed in 2013. Those clinics cannot be reopened overnight and some will never return, pro-choice advocates said.
Naveena Sadasivam is a staff writer covering the environment, energy and climate change at Grist. She previously covered environmental issues at the Texas Observer, InsideClimate News and ProPublica. At ProPublica, she was part of a team that reported on the water woes of the West, a project that was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting. She has a degree in chemical engineering and a master’s in environmental and science reporting from New York University and was a 2017 Ida B. Wells fellow at Type Investigations. You can contact her at [email protected] and follow her work on Twitter.