Ripple effects of abortion ban go beyond Texas’ borders

The Texas ban on most abortions had been in effect for a little more than a week when a staff email landed in Jeffrey Hons’ inbox.

Hons, CEO of Planned Parenthood South Texas, knew his staff was fielding calls from people seeking abortion care, even though the organization’s clinics had immediately suspended those services when the law went into effect Sept. 1.

Providing any abortion care could invite a deluge of lawsuits from private citizens who had been empowered to enforce the new restrictions. The risk was simply too high.

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