Whole Woman's Health Motivated to Open Clinics in "Hostile" States
By St. Joseph County Right to Life | October 31, 2017, 9:02pm
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — An October 30 press release from Whole Woman’s Health reveals CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller’s true motive for seeking to open abortion facilities in South Bend and Virginia, where a facility was recently opened in Charlottesville.
The release states, “Both Indiana and Virginia are classified as “extremely hostile” to abortion rights, having passed new laws in recent years to burden women seeking abortion and force clinics to close. In 2014, some 95 percent of Indiana counties had no clinics that provided abortion care and 66 percent of Indiana women lived in those counties. Indiana now has only six clinics open to serve women in the state, dropping from 10 in 2011.”
It is clear that Hagstrom Miller hopes to challenge these laws as part of a “national anti-stigma initiative.” WWH has a strong history of doing so in Texas, where it fought abortion regulations all the way to the Supreme Court, where it won its case in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt (2016).
In response to the opening of a new WWH facility in Virginia, Tarina Keene, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia stated, “We are so excited to welcome Whole Woman’s Health into the Commonwealth, where they will continue to fearlessly care for women and families. And if I know anything about Amy Hagstrom Miller and her team – they won’t let intimidation from anti-choice legislators or political battles slow them down.”
There is no doubt that, if a WWH facility were to become a reality in South Bend, Hagstrom Miller would bring this same aggressive dynamic to Indiana.
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