Here's what to know about abortion, birth control in Corpus Christi post-Roe v. Wade

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The U.S. Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade in June has left many Texans uncertain about what the ruling means for abortion and birth control access.

Texas is one of 22 states to make it a felony to perform an abortion at any point during a pregnancy. Many worry the reversal of the constitutional right to abortion may affect access to birth control and emergency contraceptives.

Here's what to know about abortion and birth control in the Corpus Christi area:

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What is legal in Texas right now?

As of June 28, abortions up to six weeks in pregnancy will resume at some Texas clinics after a Harris County district judge granted a temporary restraining order blocking the state's pre-Roe abortion ban.

The temporary restraining order will remain in effect until a July 12 hearing.

Abortions can only resume at the clinics named in the lawsuit, though. Those include: Whole Woman's Health clinics, Alamo Women's Reproductive Services in San Antonio, Brookside Women's Medical Center and Austin Women's Health Center in Austin, Houston Women's Clinic and Houston Women's Reproductive Services in Houston, and Southwestern Women's Center in Dallas.

There are currently no abortion clinics in Corpus Christi.

Though the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, the ruling won't be official until a formal judgment is issued. Texas' trigger law, signed by Gov. Greg Abbott last year, would go into effect 30 days after the court's judgment, which could take about a month.

Is it illegal to get an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy in another state or country?

Assisting someone to access an out-of-state abortion or receiving an abortion in another state would not violate the pre-Roe ban, the trigger ban or Senate Bill 8.

People who get abortions would not be prosecuted under the law, but doctors who perform abortions in states with abortion bans could be sentenced to life in prison or fined up to $100,000.

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote in his concurring opinion that a resident of a state would likely not be barred from receiving an abortion in another state based on the right to interstate travel.

More than two months before the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade, Nueces County District Attorney Mark Gonzalez and four other big-city Texas district attorneys pledged not to prosecute personal health care decisions.

Need to travel for an abortion?

Fund Texas Choice is a nonprofit organization that pays for Texans' travel to abortion clinics.

Other resources include comprehensive directories of verified abortion providers in the United States like AbortionFinder.org, ineedana.com, needabortion.org and the National Network of Abortion Funds, an organization that can help pay for health service, transportation, child care or even somewhere to stay.

What to know about birth control

Though all abortions will likely be banned in Texas, the constitutional right to birth control and emergency contraceptives, like Plan B, remains.

A one-month dosage of hormonal birth control pills is displayed.
A one-month dosage of hormonal birth control pills is displayed.

Where can I get a prescription if I don't have a primary care physician?

There are several options for receiving birth control without seeing a primary care physician.

Online retailers like Nurx, SimpleHealth, Hers, Lemonaid, Wisp, Favor (formerly The Pill Club), Twentyeight Health and more offer convenient and discreet options for birth control for those who can't see a primary care physician.

The process usually involves a small fee and a survey to determine the best form of birth control, such as pill, shot, ring or patch. The sites may ask for insurance information, but many offer birth control for low prices without insurance.

Local clinics

Women's and Men's Health Services of the Coastal Bend can provide free birth control to those who qualify. The clinic also sells emergency contraceptives for $10, compared to costs of $50 or more at most retailers.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, go to www.wamhs.org/birth-control/.

The South Texas Family Planning Clinics offer free or low-cost, same-day services for birth control and other health services.

What do I do if I'm underage?

Minors in Texas must have parental consent to receive birth control, except for at Title X clinics. Title X is a federal program that allows clinics to provide free birth control to teens, as well as pregnancy tests, STI testing and treatment and cancer screenings.

There are six Title X clinics in Corpus Christi:

  • STFPHC — Natural Family Planning & Fertility Center — Gabbard Memorial: 1919 Leopard St., Corpus Christi, TX 78404

  • Women's and Men's Health Services of Coastal Bend Inc. — Dillon Clinic: 4410 Dillon Lane, Suite 1, Corpus Christi, TX 78415

  • STFPHC — Family Planning Clinic and Men's Health Center — Corpus Christi: 4455 S. Padre Island Drive, Suite 30, Corpus Christi, TX 78411

  • STFPHC — Natural Family Planning & Fertility Center — Corpus Christi SPID Site: 4455 S. Padre Island Drive, Suite 28, Corpus Christi, TC 78411

  • South Texas Family Planning and Health Corporation/HESP: 4455 S. Padre Island Drive, Suite 29, Corpus Christi, TX 78411

  • Women's and Men's Health Services of Coastal Bend Inc. — Holly Clinic: 3536 Holly Road, Corpus Christi, TX 78415

To find a clinic where you can receive birth control without informing a parent, go to https://opa-fpclinicdb.hhs.gov/.

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