Natalie St. Claire is an abortion travel agent in Austin, Texas. St. Claire founded Fund Texas Choice to provide travel and financial assistance to women affected by House Bill 2, deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court on June 27.
St. Claire established Fund Texas Choice in October 2013 when House Bill 2 started to take effect. The bill enacted numerous restrictions on women, appointments, and clinics. The restrictions forced 24 of Texas' 42 abortion clinics to close.
The closures left thousands of women without easy access to abortion clinics -- requiring some to travel up to 500 miles within Texas.
The remaining 18 clinics, a majority in major cities like Dallas and Austin, had such a high demand that wait times skyrocketed. With a 20-week abortion ban in Texas, St. Clair said 50 percent of her clients travel to Albuquerque, NM to avoid having unwanted pregnancies.
And those who couldn't afford to travel and didn't seek help from organizations like Texas Choice were forced to make unwanted decisions.
House Bill 2 was supposed to protect women but actually forced them to have unwanted pregnancies