The day after Politico reported on a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, Sean Mehl was trying to figure out how to answer the phones.
Mehl is the associate director of clinical services for Whole Women’s Health, an abortion provider and nonprofit advocacy organization that runs nine clinics in United States, including four in Texas, a state that has already severely restricted access to abortions.
He knew from experience that any time news breaks about potential abortion restrictions, the organization sees an increase in calls, and many callers are confused. Could they keep their appointments? Would his clinic take new patients?
His first priority this week, he said, was to make sure there was a recorded message to reassure people that the clinics were still open and still providing services, at least for the time being.