LUBBOCK, Texas — Abortion services began this month in Lubbock in the Planned Parenthood location, 3716 22nd Place.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas said online “Now accepting appointments by phone for medication abortion services in Lubbock. Online booking coming soon.”

PPGT also said online, “The Lubbock Surgical Health Center offers medication abortion services at this time.”

When the clinic location was still in the planning stage in 2020, PPGT said abortions would not be offered at first but would come later. The estimated timeframe in 2020 was “the year ahead.”

The clinic offers other services including STD testing, breast and cervical cancer screenings, annual wellness checks and other services.

In 2013, facing a loss of state funding, Planned Parenthood closed a previous clinic location in Lubbock. Abortion advocates said women had to travel all the way to Fort Worth to reach the nearest abortion clinic.

Once news broke that PPGT would provide a new location in Lubbock, opponents began to mobilize. A petition drive forced the Lubbock City Council to consider an ordinance that would declare abortion illegal, and it would also declare Lubbock a sanctuary city for the unborn. Ultimately, the council decided to put it up for a public vote.

The election day for the proposed ordinance is May 1. reached out to PPGT for comment, and they responded with this statement below:

When Planned Parenthood announced the opening of the Lubbock Health Center last fall, we also announced plans to expand services in 2021 to include abortion. As of April 15, patients seeking abortion can now access abortion services at the Planned Parenthood Health Center in Lubbock, in addition to preventive services including breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control (including IUDs and implants), testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and other essential healthcare. Prior to April 15, residents of Lubbock and surrounding areas had to travel out of state or at a minimum 600 mile round trip to the closest health center that provides abortions in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth or El Paso. That put abortion services out of reach for patients with challenges obtaining time off work, child care, access to transportation and other barriers.

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