Tuscaloosa clinic reopens with new post-Roe focus

The West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa is back open for business with a new nonprofit status and a new purpose.

After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling confirming the constitutional right to abortion and pushed abortion laws back to the state level, Alabama’s abortion ban went into effect.

It is now illegal to perform most abortions in Alabama unless the mother’s life is at stake. Doctors performing abortions that are not medically necessary could spend as much as 10 years in prison. Because of that law, the West Alabama Women’s Center is no longer providing abortion services.

When the center opened its doors on Monday, it was as a nonprofit health center focused on providing patients with family planning, prenatal services and gender-affirming care.

“There aren’t really any available places for people to access contraception in this city,” said West Alabama Women’s Center Operations Manager Robin Marty. “Being able to do that on a sliding scale for low-income and uninsured people who are not covered because Alabama has not expanded Medicaid is a really big win for us.”

The clinic is not offering patients information on open clinics in other states offering abortion services. For residents in Alabama seeking an abortion, the closest potential location for those services would be in Atlanta.

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