Criticized for taking away the opportunity for women to murder their children, Texas is said to be negligent for not providing a way to prevent the need for an abortion. But let’s not be foolish, the way you prevent the need for an abortion is you acknowledge there is never a need for an abortion.
Two abortion clinics in Texas are closing, bringing the state’s total down to 20 as abortion providers struggle to stay open under new state laws.
The two clinics—located in McAllen and Beaumont—are the last remaining providers in rural areas. Those that remain are clustered in major cities, leaving low-income women in rural Texas without nearby access to abortion.
More closures are likely to follow: Under House Bill 2, an antiabortion bill passed last November, all clinics are required to close by Sept. 1, 2014, unless they have on-site ambulatory surgical centers. Of the 20 remaining clinics, only six meet that standard and are likely to remain open.
There were 44 abortion clinics in Texas in 2011.
House Bill 2—the most restrictive in a recent wave of state-level antiabortion laws—gained national attention last summer when Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis filibustered the bill for 11 hours. It nevertheless passed the Legislature shortly after during a second special session called by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in July 2013.
Along with the surgical-center clinic requirement, the bill bans abortions after 20 weeks; bans medical abortions after seven weeks and requires women to visit the clinic four separate times to complete the procedure (one visit for a sonogram, a second and third for doses of a drug, and a fourth for a follow-up); and requires all physicians conducting the procedure to have hospital admitting privileges within a 30 mile radius.
The first three provisions went into effect Nov. 1, forcing a wave of clinics to close immediately. The surgical-center requirement will go into effect Sept. 1.
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