After a year like 2022, that might seem next to impossible. The fall of Roe v. Wade, abortion banned in Texas, and teen birth control access through Title X undermined by a judge in Amarillo left Texas teens facing the biggest barriers to reproductive health access in decades.

But we’re still here, fighting for young people’s rights to abortion and birth control – and thanks to your support we’re not going anywhere anytime soon. 

So why hope? Despite all the challenges of 2022, we:

  • Expanded our repro kit program, launching in Bryan + College Station in February of 2022 and kicking off our partnership with Tumbleweed + Sage Coffeehouse near Lubbock as a pick-up location. Teens in these communities now have better access to emergency contraception, pregnancy tests, condoms, and information about their reproductive rights and health. 
  • Launched our second youth fellows cohort. Our youth fellows are former clients who want to build power and advocate for teens’ reproductive rights. The cohort launched in the fall of 2022 in preparation for the 2023 legislative session. Jane’s Due Process is committed to growing the leadership of young people who’ve had abortions. 
  • Filed a lawsuit to affirm our right to help young people travel for abortion care alongside our Texas abortion fund partners and a provider. 
  • Reopened our hotline in July, providing information to young people in Texas about their abortion options in other states.

Who We Helped

Jane’s Due Process was founded to help Texas teens access abortion through the judicial bypass process. For the first 6 months of the year we continued to do just that. Because of the 6-week abortion ban that went into effect in September of 2021, we worked hard to speed up the process so that as many teens as possible could get through the process within the limit. Between January and June, we were able to do 114 judicial bypass intakes in Texas.

Young people who’ve had abortions should be at the forefront of the movement to expand reproductive rights. Teens are some of the most marginalized when it comes to abortion and birth control access. Through our youth fellow program, young people who we helped access abortion become leaders in the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements. Our previous cohort was active during the 2021 legislative session, and in 2022 they officially joined our board of directors.

In fall of 2022, we launched the second cohort with a weekend in Austin during which they learned about healthy relationships, had headshots taken, and met with State Representative Donna Howard to advocate for their legislative priorities for the 2023 legislative session. Their priorities include not only teen birth control and abortion access but menstrual equity and LGBTQ+ youth rights, too. They’re building off the success of last session by advocating for the My Body, My Future Act, a bill to fully repeal parental consent for minors’ birth control access in Texas.

Looking Ahead

In 2023 we’re launching new programs. Our new sex ed program will provide teens with a confidential way to ask a professional sex educator all their sex and reproductive health questions. And thanks to a big win in court, we’re now funding abortion for teens traveling out of state for care. We’re providing financial support for both the procedure and travel, coordinating travel, and providing emotional support along the way. We’re excited to finally be able to get back to what we do best – supporting Texas teens accessing abortion. 

Thank you.

Your support gives us hope. It’s easy to feel defeated when we live in a state that seems dedicated to destroying young people’s rights to bodily autonomy and self-determination – but then we remember that there are so many more people in Texas and beyond who trust teens with their futures and families. We’re in this work together.

Feeling inspired? Make a gift to support our continued work making abortion and birth control more accessible for Texas teens.