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The Last Independent Reproductive Health Clinics in TexasDozens of protesters still camp outside Austin Women’s Health Center each week. Perched above a small creek in South Austin and shaded by towering trees, the independently owned clinic, founded in 1976, has historically provided abortion care. That is, until the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022, allowing a statewide criminal “trigger ban” to take effect, barring nearly all abortion procedures. Despite the fact that the clinic no longer performs abortions, activists continue to rally at the clinic, many prompted to do so by their church leaders and the activist group 40 Days for Life.A few weeks ago, Julie Smith, the clinic’s former office manager, had to remind a demonstrator to stand behind the property line. The woman, elderly and walking with…

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