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Abortion provider Whole Woman’s Health closes San Antonio location, leaving only two abortion clinics left in city.
Whole Woman’s Health, one of the largest abortion chains in Texas, has quietly ended their operations in San Antonio. This was confirmed by the staff of a local Pro-Life pregnancy resource center, A Woman’s Haven, via phone call on Dec. 26. Whole Woman’s Health’s San Antonio location was located in the Southeast part of the city , in the between the I-37, I-410 and HWY 87 triangle, just west of China Grove. The Tower has also confirmed this location’s closure by email.
Since April 2017, A Woman’s Haven has frequently parked their mobile ultrasound van near Whole Woman’s Health, offering free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds in the van. In a Facebook post, Susan Perez, the Executive Director of A Woman’s Haven, attributed the clinic closure to the van and a “faithful sidewalk presence” that “interrupted their business enough” to shut them down. In addition to pregnancy testing and ultrasound services, A Woman’s Haven offers post-birth resources and referrals for other medical care.
Diane Fournier, president of Tigers for Life, a Pro-Life registered student organization at Trinity, said in a statement that the facility closure is “undoubtedly a victory for the Pro-Life cause in more ways than we realize. It really shows how abortion, even with all its justifications, isn’t something women truly want.” Fournier pointed out the difference between a facility shutting down because of legislation and because of a lack of business, showing “the power of offering resources and support.” Perez expressed a similar sentiment, writing that A Woman’s Haven offers a “superior product (LIFE over DEATH!),” which she believed contributed heavily to the facility closing down.
Whole Woman’s Health is best known for the 2016 Supreme Court decision in the case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which struck down several portions of Texas’s 2013 Pro-Life Omnibus Bill, House Bill 2. Some provisions of this bill required abortion facilities to meet the same standards as other ambulatory surgical centers, such as having hallways wide enough for an EMS gurney to get through, and for abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Whole Woman’s Health of San Antonio was one of the facilities that complied with these regulations before parts of the bill were struck down by the Supreme Court ruling.
Whole Woman’s Health also sued over portions of Texas’s 2017 Senate Bill 8, which mandates, in part, the humane disposition of fetal remains after an abortion. Amy Hagstrom Miller, CEO of Whole Woman’s Health, said at the District Court trial of Whole Woman’s Health v. Paxton in July that Whole Woman’s Health had not attempted to comply with the new law, instead devoting their resources to fighting the rule.
In the same Facebook post, Perez said that A Woman’s Haven would be refocusing their efforts on Alamo Women’s Reproductive Services, one of two remaining abortion facilities in San Antonio.
This article will be updated as more information becomes available.