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Women gathered yesterday at the Texas Capitol to protest Senate Bill 8. (Progress Texas)

After a decade of steady growth, could Texas' new abortion law hinder Austin's Boomtown status?


The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to keep the law in place Wednesday, quashing any hopes from Austinites that the bill would be overturned. According to a poll by PerryUndem, 66% of college-educated workers said they would not take a job in a state that prohibits abortions after six weeks and around half of the respondents said they would move out of a state with such restrictions, coinciding with Senate Bill 8 that went into effect Wednesday in Texas.

Politicians and policymakers all over the U.S. and Texas opposed the bill, which is the most strict on abortion laws in the country, on social media, including President Joe Biden.

The vast majority of abortions occur after six weeks, as many women do not know they are pregnant before that mark. Local abortion providers like Planned Parenthood and Whole Women's Health are complying with the new law, making around 90% of the procedures are no longer permitted.

Austin has built a reputation as a hub for education in the South with one of the best public colleges in the nation, skyrocketing growth in the tech sphere and a growing urban population that is attracting talent from the Bay Area, New York City and Chicago. But the poll reported that 80% of respondents said they do not want Roe v. Wade to be overturned—the same amount said they felt that abortion rights were a core part of women's rights.

About 73% of working women and 53% of working men said they wouldn't even apply for a job in a state with a comparable ban. The new bill will not prevent abortions—around 51% of people in Austin have a bachelor's degree or higher and earn an average of $72,000 annually, which is more than enough to take a trip to a neighboring state for a procedure.

Around 65% of women work in Austin, the majority clustering from ages 22-44, according to the Census. Around 73% of the incoming workforce from Gen Z said they would not take a job in a state where their reproductive health was at risk. Likewise, 69% of millennials said the same.

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Sample some spirits
When: 11:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Desert Door, 211 Darden Hill Rd. Driftwood
What: Attend Desert Door Distillery’s first Explorer Series of 2022. Guests will be able to sample Caliber on its own or in a delicious cocktail.

Eat some chili
When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sagebrush, 5500 S. Congress Ave.
What: Enjoy great chili and great music at the 14th Annual Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook-Off. All proceeds will be donated to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians in memory of Nick Curran.

Enjoy some local art
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St.
What: The Neil-Cochran House Museum will host a multi-media art exhibition by Austin artist Nell Gottlieb, titled “Land as Persona: An Artist’s Journey.” Gottlieb works in multiple media to reexamine her coming of age, white and female in the Jim Crow South.

Catch some improv comedy
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: GameOn! ATX, 1515 Dungan Ln.
What: ColdTowne ThrowDowne is an improv comedy tournament between troupes that will take place in front of a live studio audience and streamed live to the world on Twitch.

Catch a Johnny Cash-style show
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave.
What: Experience music history with a unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and the healing power of home and family set to the tune of the legendary Johnny Cash.