The sound of fingers on keyboards and an occasional moving office chair is all you will hear these days at the Tulsa Women’s Clinic in Oklahoma.
The medical facility is quiet and the two nurses who remain rarely get up from their seats.
In May, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed the strictest abortion ban in the United States, one that bans abortions from conception and allows private citizens to sue those who help women terminate their pregnancies.
The rule change was one of a series in Republican states passed in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s overthrow of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that established the constitutional right to abortion. That decision finally came Friday.
Prior to the ban, the Tulsa Women’s Clinic received 30 to 40 patients a day and performed about 500 abortions a month.
“Our waiting room is empty, which is very different from what it looked like just a few months ago, where every room would be full with every chair. We would regularly have an abundance of chairs out here,” said Andrea Gallegos, CEO of the clinic, said this week.
“So, you know, going from so much to nothing every day is quite meaningful,” Gallegos said.
Gallegos weighed her options, including moving the clinic to a Democratic state. She said she was not ready to give up.
“It’s important to me personally, professionally, as a woman, as a mother to daughters. I have to stay in it,” she said.
The Tulsa Women’s Clinic now only provides sonograms for women to see how far they are in their pregnancies. Although no abortions are performed, opponents of abortion rights still stand outside the clinic. Pastor Brandon Allen is one of them.
“I still come to this place specifically because they are still open for business and their website still advertises that they will help parents kill their children. As long as that is true, as long as parents come to this place, I will be here to make my mouth open to plead for mercy for those children, ”Brandon said.