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The town of Cactus on Jan. 29, 2020. Cactus is in the upper part of the Texas Panhandle, about 50 miles north of Amarillo.
Texas Abortion Restrictions

As a Texas city debates an abortion travel ban, maternal care is scarce in nearby rural counties

Amid a fight over an “abortion travel ban,” women health care experts say more attention is needed to the plight of pregnant Texans in the Panhandle where there are few hospitals and OBGYNs.

Lindsay London listens to Amarillo Reproductive Freedom Alliance members discuss strategy during a meeting, Sunday, April 28, 2024, at 806 Coffee + Lounge in Amarillo, Texas.

What a maternal health care desert looks like

Why Amarillo is the new battleground 

Rally attendees listen while holding signs during the rally. The Amarillo Women’s March hosted a healthcare rally Saturday in front of the Potter County Courthouse in Amarillo
Mark Lee Dickson speaks to the Amarillo City Council during their meeting on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.
Motorists travel west on I-40 in Amarillo, a route traveled by many to seek abortion health care while headed out of Texas. Members of both sides of the abortion controversy attended an Amarillo City Council meeting in the Amarillo Civic Center, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023.

Debate likely to continue until November

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