Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas announced on Friday that, as a "direct response" to the state's new abortion law, it increases its services, particularly for long-term birth control such as IUDs, and offers cash for patients to fly out of state for abortions.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas' chief clinician, Elizabeth Cardwell, said the organization received a higher volume of calls since Senate Bill 8 was passed, seeking long-term birth control choices. The new law prohibits abortions beyond six weeks of pregnancy.
"A far increased need for truly reliable birth control," according to the organization, "particularly an uptick in the request for long-acting reversible contraception." We're seeing it again with Senate Bill 8, like implants or intrauterine devices or IUDs, since there's such a small window for patients to get a safe and legal abortion within the state of Texas," she said.
Uninsured patients will have more access to health care appointments at Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas' 24 health centers in Austin, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Fort Worth, Lubbock, Paris, Plano, Tyler, Waco, and nearby areas. Donors, in part, are responsible for the increase of programs, according to Cardwell.
"We've been able to expand thanks to the generosity of our donors." As a result, they get insured for all of their services. "This has been critical since our benefactors have seen how needy our patients are for cheap care," she explained. According to Cardwell, the rise in donations is the public's reaction to SB 8.