What is the Trust Women Foundation?
The Trust Women Foundation is a leading pro-choice and reproductive justice organization based in Wichita, Kansas.
Trust Women, founded in 2009 after the assassination of Dr. George Tiller, opens clinics that provide abortion care in underserved communities so that all women can make their own decisions about their health care.
Even though Roe v. Wade still stands and abortions remain legal, women must have access to abortion providers to truly make reproductive decisions for themselves. Lack of access is a serious problem for women living in the Midwest and South.
Our Founder and CEO
Julie Burkhart is the founder and CEO of our foundation.
She worked side by side with Dr. Tiller for seven years. Ms. Burkhart first began working with him as the Chair for the Wichita Choice Alliance. It was there that she led the community response against the anti-choice organizations that were attempting to “finish the job” and shut down Women’s Health Care Services, Dr. Tiller’s clinic, during the 2001 Summer of Mercy Renewal. Ms. Burkhart was the spokesperson for his clinic between 2002 and 2006.
She founded Trust Women after Dr. Tiller’s murder because she believed it was unconscionable that Wichita be without an abortion clinic. At the time, Wichita was the largest metropolitan area in the United States without an abortion provider.
Important to note: Ms. Burkhart is not a physician. Media outlets and anti-choice groups have at times inaccurately identified her as a doctor. Please identify her correctly as founder and CEO of Trust Women.
Trust Women operates two clinics. Each is called Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center. One is in Wichita, Kansas, and opened April 3, 2013. The second clinic opened Sept. 10, 2016, in Oklahoma City.
The clinics offer high-quality reproductive health care, including abortion. The clinics also provide transgender care.
- The most difficult business you could run: Bloomberg Businessweek (2/26/16)
- Mission Critical: Marie Claire (5/17/16)
- Meet the Woman Opening an Abortion Clinic in the Nation’s Most Anti-Choice State: Rolling Stone (5/20/16)
- Julie Burkhart: The Woman Who Won’t Back Down: More (March 2014)
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