Around 3000 people meet outside the Minnesota state capitol building to protest against new laws banning abortion May 21, 2019. Photo by Fibonacci Blue from Minnesota, USA, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
(WRXX) A Tulsa, Oklahoma women’s clinic officially closed its doors Thursday, as staff prepare to move the facility to Carbondale, Ill., a nearly eight-hour drive from Tulsa.
The clinic is owned by Dr. Alan Braid, who made headlines last year when he wrote an opinion essay in the Washington Post titled “Why I violated Texas’s extreme abortion ban.”
Braid is also shuttering his San Antonio, Texas, abortion clinic, the Alamo Women’s Clinic, and moving that location to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Oklahoma became the first state in the country to outlaw abortion before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The current law only allows abortion in cases where it’s necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman.
The Tulsa Women’s Clinic has remained open, despite only being able to offer sonograms to patients, since the middle of May.
Braid’s clinics in New Mexico and Illinois are tentatively scheduled to open in September.