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Joy Evans, a patient educator at Choices, was on the phone Friday morning with a patient who wanted to reschedule a June appointment to early July when her daughter sent a text message.

“Did you hear the news?” it reads.

Shortly after, staff gathered at the clinic’s call center. Evans stood with her arm around a coworker, she later recalled. Some people were crying. Others were angry.

“We knew it was coming, but the reality only kicked in when we heard and saw it from the directors,” Evans said.

When Evans, 44, returned to her desk, she took a moment to meditate. She didn’t want to get emotional when talking to patients.

She called back the patient who wanted to come on July 1.

She started each call the same way: “This is joy with choices.” She asked the woman on the other end to verify her date of birth.

Then she remembered that she had kindly said, “I’m sorry to tell you, but unfortunately we can’t provide your services.”

“No why?” cried the voice on the other end.

Evans asked if she’d seen the news.

“We had no timetable,” Evans recalled telling her. “We hoped and held on until July 11.”

“I can’t have this baby. I already have four,” the patient said.

Before each phone call, Evans took a moment to settle down.

She called a woman who had previously attempted to make an appointment at a Missouri clinic but ended up making an appointment with Choices in the hopes of being seen sooner. At some point, the caller’s partner got the phone. ‘Ma’am, I don’t know what to do. I can’t have babies,” he begged, Evans recalls.

“It broke my heart,” Evans said. “This was a young couple. This was her first pregnancy.”

She gave the caller the number for Hope Clinic for Women, an abortion provider in Granite City, Illinois, nearly 500 miles away.

“It didn’t get any easier as the day went on,” she said.

Eventually, the phone lines became so congested that the building’s system crashed. The clinic received more than 5,000 calls, the most they usually receive in a week.

Evans has trouble sleeping, as do other clinic staff.

“We try our best not to take work home with us, but things like this — it just is,” she paused, searching for the right words.

A list of clinics to refer patients to can be found in one of the call centers at Choices.Andrea Morales for NBC News
Memphis Abortion Clinic
The chair a patient used during recovery at Choices. Andrea Morales for NBC News

Late Saturday morning, the 31-year-old patient sat upright with a blood pressure monitor wrapped around her right arm and a blanket over her waist. Her recliner chair in the recovery room at Choices was equipped with a button that she could press to heat the seat, alleviating the discomfort.

She was one of 16 women who received abortion care there on Saturday.

A medical assistant took her temperature and monitored her vital signs, keeping an eye out for rare complications. The patient planned to visit her five children soon and try to rest.

A 25-year-old patient and law student stands in the lobby of Choices on Sunday afternoon after her procedure.
A 25-year-old patient and law student stands in the lobby of Choices on Sunday afternoon after her procedure. Andrea Morales for NBC News

Choices is normally closed on Sundays but the staff opened the doors at 8:30am. Twenty-three abortions were planned, the last the clinic plans to offer to pregnant patients after heart activity is detected, at about six weeks.

Among the patients who arrived Sunday morning was a 25-year-old who studies law at the University of Memphis. Like most patients waiting in the lobby, she was black. She was a college student when she learned she was pregnant with her now 5-year-old daughter. She didn’t feel financially ready to have another child.

“I want to have myself ready by the time I’m in my mid-thirties,” she said.

Her procedure was initially scheduled for early July, but the clinic moved the appointment after the Supreme Court decision.

“They shouldn’t assume that right away,” she said. “Many women find themselves in situations where some are financially unable to keep a child.”

Memphis Abortion Clinic
Choices employees are waiting to see how long Tennessee will let them continue to provide abortion care after the Supreme Court ruling.Andrea Morales for NBC News

On Monday, instead of the 20 patients the clinic sees on a typical day, only a handful of appointments are scheduled. Three patients are so early in their pregnancies that staff believe they can still have drug-induced abortions even if the six-week ban goes into effect.

It’s also unclear when the clock will kick in on the 30-day window before Tennessee’s trigger ban can be enforced, Pepper said.

For now, with so much uncertainty, the clinic will only schedule a week in advance.

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