AWC Speaks Out
AWC Speaks Out
A WOMAN’S CHOICE IN THE MEDIA
The clinic has never closed, even for a day and even as Flynn works, battleworn, under Tallahassee’s thumb. State lawmakers once made abortion seekers wait 24 hours, sending clinic staffers scrambling to secure hotel rooms, until the law got blocked in court. Florida law now requires the clinic to secure expensive malpractice insurance and a hospital transfer agreement. Other legislation tried to mirror laws that curtailed abortions in other states, like the medically unnecessary mandate to outfit clinics as ambulatory surgical centers.
Flynn can hardly think about what’s on the horizon -- the intensifying push to stop abortions in Florida after six weeks.
And don’t get her started on the crisis pregnancy centers around the state, the ones she says peddle pseudoscience designed to manipulate women out of a valid, legal choice. She hears patients talk about getting drawn inside and shamed, and the complaints are echoed by medical ethicists.
Terry Sallas Merritt, an executive team member at A Woman's Choice (AWC), which has three abortion-providing health care clinics in North Carolina and one in Jacksonville, Florida, says that while AWC does not receive Title X funding, its clinics will feel the ripple effects of the rule.
Restricting access to Title X funding could force people to choose between getting contraception and supporting their families, as 59% of women who get abortions already have children.
A Woman's Choice clinics offer significant discounts on many of their services and will often work with national [and regional] health and abortion funds to get procedures covered for its patients. Sometimes funding doesn't come through in full, in which case Sallas Merritt says the provider will often still provide the procedure. It will be even more difficult for A Woman's Choice to provide an abortion under those circumstances if the gag rule ends up restricting access to contraception and causing an increase in unexpected pregnancies, Sallas Merritt says.