Perspectives of Texas Social Service Providers on the Effects of Changing Abortion Access

Project Overview:

Researchers at the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing have partnered with the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado Boulder to conduct a study exploring whether changes in abortion laws have affected social service providers in Texas.

The purpose of the study is to better understand how recent changes in abortion laws are affecting social service providers and how they are navigating these changes. Recent legislation in Texas and the Supreme Court decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturned Roe v. Wade created dramatic changes in abortion access. These changes will have the greatest effect on people who are most vulnerable and marginalized, people who social service providers most frequently serve in their agencies and programs. This study aims to provide insight into how these changes have affected social service providers and their clients and what assistance or resources are needed to support social service providers in addressing clients’ reproductive health needs.