Staff at an abortion clinic in San Antonio, Texas, described the devastating scene after Roe fell.
They said they should tell people they couldn’t have their abortion procedures done.
Staff described people screaming, crying and begging for help after an abortion was denied.
Staff at an abortion clinic in Texas said they had to turn down people seeking abortions just minutes after the Supreme Court overthrown Roe v. Wade on Friday.
Speaking to The 19th, an independent news organization, clinic administrator Andrea Gallegos described turning down a dozen patients waiting in the lobby of the Alamo Women’s Reproductive Services clinic in San Antonio, Texas.
Gallegos told The 19th that she and the clinic staff had to tell the assembled people that, because of the ruling, “unfortunately, your geographic location affects your bodily autonomy.”
According to the outlet, Gallegos described the scene at the clinic as one of “complete despair”, with people screaming, crying and begging for help.
Gallegos also told The 19th that the clinic’s staff needed to contact 20 people who had an appointment that day, some of whom were surprised.
“These are patients who are often already mothers, they are already taking care of children, some are living on paychecks,” Gallegos said per The 19th.
“These are the people who will be forced to have another child if they can’t leave the state, and those effects are just devastating,” Gallegos told the outlet. “Some say, ‘How am I supposed to do this? I gave up my job to be here today and now you want me to travel?'”
Texas was one of the states to stop abortions after Roe v. Wade was quashed because of laws banning the procedure. This has resulted in people having abortions scheduled on or after the date of the ruling canceling their procedures.
Under Texas’ “trigger law,” abortions are prohibited in the state, with the only exceptions if the pregnant person’s life is in danger or if the person faces “significant impairment of major bodily functions,” according to the Texas Tribune.
According to polls, most Americans are against the destruction of Roe v. Wade.
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