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Texas' growth may be slowed by new abortion law, poll reports

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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There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

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🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway