Category Archives: Texas

Tomorrow

We just got word this evening that the 5th Circuit appeals court allowed HB2 to go into full effect as of… tomorrow morning. Overnight, we will drop down to 7-8 abortion clinics in Texas.

That’s 1 clinic for every 750,000 women of childbearing age in Texas, give or take.

It is wildly unacceptable. It is horrifying that the 5th circuit sliced and diced past rulings to excuse its completely offense ruling. It is heartbreaking to see it come on the heels of research that shows – States that restrict abortion also are bad places to be a woman or a child.

What can you do?

First – go to the Capitol tomorrow at noon. Raise your voice in anger. This isn’t good for anyone.

Second – call your ob/gyn. Ask if they perform abortions. If they do? Help hook them up with the nearest abortion fund, so we can help fund their clients in need. YOU CAN DO THIS EVEN IF YOU DON’T LIVE IN TEXAS.

Maybe you’re in a place where if you needed an abortion you could take a few days off work, hop on a plane, pay out of pocket. That’s great for you – but there are a lot of people in Texas who can’t travel, can’t take several days off work, don’t have reliable childcare. As always, it is those with the most need that we are punishing with our foolishness.

Fight back, Texas.

Dear Dean Johnston

Dear Dean Johnston,

Congratulations on your recent appointment to lead the Dell Medical School at UT Austin. Many of us are excited to have a med school join the UT Austin family.

But some of us were concerned (although not surprised) to see a partnership between the medical school and Seton Healthcare.  Seton Healthcare is deeply rooted in Catholicism, and it impedes their ability to provide full spectrum reproductive health services. Women are denied access to procedures they need – from tubal ligation, to birth control pills, to abortion.  Even miscarriages come with an extra dose of religion, when you are asked to either give permission for the contents of your uterus to be buried, or take the medical waste away with you.

I believe that abortion access is basic healthcare.  Texas is already struggling.  We are failing to adequately educate our children about wellness and sexuality. I hope that we will strive to give our medical students a robust education including compassionate reproductive healthcare.  We need our doctors to stand strong and protect each other, to help us reclaim medicine from the political realm.

Thank you.  Good luck in your new endeavor – and welcome to Texas.

Dell Medical School, UT Austin

The University of Texas at Austin is building a new medical school. That new medical school is being hosted/built by Seton Healthcare.  In case you are not familiar, Seton is the largest Austin area hospital chain, and is Catholic. This considerably impairs their willingness to provide a wide range of reproductive health services, including tubal ligations, access to birth control, and abortions. I will be reaching out to Dr. Johnston, the new dean of the medical school. I want him to know that it is important to me that medical students at UT Austin have access to training along the full reproductive health spectrum.


Dr. Clay Johnston

UCSF Neurology Center

400 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94143

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