Tulsa clinic that provides abortions moving out of state

TULSA, Okla. — A clinic in Tulsa, that primarily provides abortions, is relocating out of state citing anti-abortion legislation in Oklahoma.

The Tulsa Women’s Clinic closed Thursday, with full-time staff no longer coming in on a daily basis.

Andrea Gallegos, executive director of the Tulsa Women’s Clinic, said the facility will be moving to Carbondale, Ill., which is more than seven hours away from its current location near East 31st Street and South Sheridan Road. According to Illinois State Law, abortion is legal in the state.

Gallegos said the intention of moving the clinic to the southern part of the state is that Oklahomans will be able to travel there for services. She said it’s ridiculous that patients and providers have to go to other states for care.

The clinic has not been able to provide abortions, since Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed legislation in mid-May. On May 25, Stitt signed House Bill 4327 into law, which bans abortion from the moment of conception.

Stitt said in a statement at the time, “I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother.”

While the Tulsa clinic is technically closed, sonogram services are still being provided for the time being. Gallegos said a San Antonio clinic, owned by the same company and providing the same services, will also be moving to Albuquerque, NM.

If you’d like to donate to help the clinic with moving expenses, you can do so here.