An aerial view shows a in Houston in the near Addicks Reservoir that is being flooded by the rain from the Tropical Storm Harvey, Aug. 29, 2017.
Whole Women’s Health, reproductive health care organization, in collaboration with other groups, is offering free abortions for women affected by Hurricane Harvey.
At least 74 women have already taken the organization up on the offer, or have an appointment scheduled for the procedure, the Dallas Morning News reported. The price will be fully covered, as well as the costs of transportation and the accommodations, the group said.
But Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, argued against the notion of a free abortion, claiming that “there is always a cost.”
“The promotion of these awful free service full of fallacies, because abortion is never free,” Melissa Conway, director of external relations for Texas Right to Life, told Baptist Press. “There is always a cost to getting an abortion. Women are not free of the emotional toll that arises after an abortion and the child is certainly not free to live on another day. Abortion, just as the catastrophic effects of a hurricane, are never free, and we, as a community, are paying the price for their unnecessary destruction.”
Pro-Life warriors to defend Life at every opportunity, and disaster response is no exception. #ProLife #Harvey https://t.co/znCIBLP6yS
— Texas Right to Life (@TXRightToLife) September 10, 2017
The clinic, which also offered abortions after the hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike, has already led to $15,000 for a woman’s procedure and travel, and aims to raise a total of $40,000 to cover the costs of other patients.
“Texas doesn’t have a safety net, so we have to help people to raise money for services,” Whole Woman’s Health CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller told the newspaper. “Many of these women are traveling for two days and need support for travel and child care.”
We offer NO COST abortions to those affected by #HurricaneHarvey Call us: 877.835.1090 to see how we can help you https://t.co/dKzTTCPAyd
— Whole Woman’s Health (@WholeWomans) 1 September 2017
The clinic has been involved in numerous legal disputes in Texas, the Texas Tribune reported. For example, recently sued the state over a law that would have banned a second trimester abortion procedure.
Whole Woman’s Health v. Paxton [Texas state Attorney General Ken Paxton] is set to begin Nov. 2 in Texas for federal district court Judge Lee Yeakel, the Federalist reported.