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 energy and the environment at the Observer. She is currently an Ida B. Wells fellow at The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her work on Twitter.