Whole Woman’s Health, an abortion chain, closed the doors of their facility in San Antonio permanently thanks to the continued efforts of Pro-Life groups and the support they offer to pregnant women.
The closure of this abortion mill brings Texas’s total of abortion facilities down to 20. The San Antonio Whole Woman’s Health location first ceased committing surgical abortions after a steady decrease in business.
From mid-December until the end of 2018, Whole Woman’s Health in San Antonio provided pregnancy tests and committed medical abortions. At the beginning of the new year, the facility closed permanently. Only two abortion mills remain in the San Antonio area now that this abortion business shuttered.
However, San Antonio women will have no shortage of health care centers in their region. In stark contrast to the abortion industry, the Healthy Texas Women program (HTW) and Family Planning Program (FPP) offer life-affirming medical and social resources to low-income women. Over 230 Healthy Texas Women clinics exist within 20 miles of the former abortion mill. And the programs are rapidly growing. A legislative report last year by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission revealed HTW grew by an astounding 109% and FPP grew by 60%, serving 122,406 and 96,990 women respectively.
The name Whole Woman’s Health may sound familiar because of multiple court cases in which the abortion business is involved. The 2016 Supreme Court decision in the case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt struck down the clinic regulation portions of Texas’s 2013 Pro-Life Omnibus Bill, House Bill 2 (HB 2). Notably, however, the Preborn Pain Act of HB 2 remained in effect consistently. Currently, Whole Woman’s Health is challenging Texas’s Dismemberment Abortion Ban, the landmark policy passed in 2017 and outlaws the practice by which a preborn child is torn apart limb from limb while his or her heart is still beating.
This Pro-Life victory demonstrates the impact of Pro-Life efforts and emphasizes the importance of offering prayer, support, and life-affirming resources to women visiting abortion centers.