Abortion access returns to Oklahoma City

Supporters, board members and staff celebrated the new Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in Oklahoma City with an open house Sept. 17 that drew a standing-room-only crowd. Founder and CEO Julie A. Burkhart gave an emotional toast, reminding those gathered in the clinic’s waiting room that while Trust Women’s work is often difficult, the organization won’t stop fighting for women’s rights.

The new clinic — two-and-a-half years in the making — provides abortion care, GYN care, family planning, emergency contraception, transgender care and adoption services, like its sister clinic in Wichita, Kansas. South Wind Women’s Center is the first new abortion clinic to open in the Sooner State since 1974.

Six board-certified physicians will work at the clinic, which is accredited by the National Abortion Federation.

The clinic restores abortion access to Oklahoma City, which, since 2014, had been the country’s largest city without an abortion provider.

South Wind Women’s Center began seeing patients Sept. 10.

The mission of Trust Women is to open clinics that provide abortion care in underserved communities so that all women can make their own decisions about their health care.