As San Antonio Abortion Clinic Closes, Its Director Worries About Who Is Left Behind

As San Antonio abortion clinic closes, its director worries about who is left behind” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans—and engages with them—about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

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Abortion clinics are closing across Texas after the state banned the procedure, with few exceptions, at any point in a pregnancy. At Alamo Women’s Reproductive Services, office equipment is marked for donation, longtime staff members are relocating or finding new jobs, and medical equipment is loaded onto moving trucks.

Before the movers arrived on a Thursday morning in August, executive administrator Andrea Gallegos turned the lights on in empty patient rooms and worried about whom the clinic was leaving behind.

The clinic is one of two owned by her father, abortion rights advocate Dr. Alan Braid. His clinics, one in Texas and one in Oklahoma, will relocate to Illinois and New Mexico.

A note from Ms. editorsMedication abortion is legal, safe and available in all 50 states. The organization Plan C has a comprehensive guide to finding abortion pills on their website, which is continually updated and has all the latest information on where to find abortion pills from anywhere in the U.S. 

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Jinitzail Hernández joined the Texas Tribune as a video journalist in May 2022. Jini previously worked as the senior multimedia producer at CQ Roll Call in Washington, D.C., where she covered defense policy and politics through articles, podcasts and videos. Previously, Jini worked in Jerusalem as a press and policy fellow at The Media Line, a nonprofit American news agency. Jini graduated with a master's in journalism from Northwestern University and was awarded the Deborah Orin Scholarship from the White House Correspondents' Association. A Chicagoan, Jini is a native Spanish speaker and is interested in using video to tell immersive policy stories through the lives of the people affected.