Roe v. Wade anniversary: Clinic in Santa Teresa to provide free abortion pills Saturday

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The Women's Reproductive Clinic in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, will provide the abortion pill for free Saturday, Jan. 22, to patients to mark the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

Dr. Franz Theard, who owns the clinic, said: "We want to help all women protect their reproductive rights. Residents of East Texas are under duress from the new abortion law. We want to help. We are fortunate to live minutes from the blue state of New Mexico where reproductive choice is legal."

On Sept. 1, 2021, a law in Texas banning abortion providers from carrying out terminations after fetal cardiac activity is detected — usually around six weeks into a pregnancy — went into force after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene. The law makes no exceptions for rape or incest.

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The Women's Reproductive Clinic in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, will provide the abortion pill for free Saturday to patients to mark the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision of 1973.
The Women's Reproductive Clinic in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, will provide the abortion pill for free Saturday to patients to mark the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision of 1973.

The clinic opens at 8 a.m. and is at 5290 McNutt Road in Santa Teresa.

The gynecologist said the clinic already has appointments from all over Texas and New Mexico. Walk-ins are welcome if they are within 10 weeks of pregnancy. Information: 575-332-9452.

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María Cortés González may be reached at 915-546-6150; mcortes@elpasotimes.com; @EPTMaria on Twitter.

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