SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – Wednesday marks the last day of widespread legal abortion in Indiana.
Thursday brings the effective date of a new Indiana law that bans most abortions.
South Bend’s only abortion clinic will pivot, but it won’t close.
“I want to be perfectly clear on one thing. This clinic is not closing,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, President and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health, outside the clinic off Lincolnway West this morning.
Although the clinic can no longer legally perform abortions, there are no laws prohibiting workers from referring clients to places that do.
“So we can do ultrasounds and pregnancy tests, and we can give advice. We can help people referred to Illinois or Michigan, or wherever they may need to go, to get the abortion they need,” Hagstrom Miller explained.
Last night, West Virginia became the 14th state since the fall of Roe v. Wade to ban most abortions.
While access to abortion services is becoming increasingly rare, it is still within reach of televisiting.
“The patient must be in an abortion-legal state for this telemedicine visit, and the patient must be mailed the medication in an abortion-legal state,” according to Amy Hagstrom Miller. “Our patients who are receiving telemedicine care for medical abortion will sometimes have a friend they will stay with, for the visit, and receive the medications there. They may have a hotel; they may have a USPS post office box.
While Whole Woman’s Health has been reduced to a supporting role in providing abortion care, the organization is a major player in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Indiana’s new abortion law, with a hearing on an injunction application scheduled for Monday, September 9, 19.
“We will tell the truth. We’ll connect people to professional medical care, and we’ll give people the help we give so they can still get abortion care if they’re able to travel.
The South Bend clinic has served some 1,100 abortion patients since it opened in 2019.
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