Texas City Will No Longer Have Abortion Practitioner

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 23, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Texas City Will No Longer Have Abortion Practitioner

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
July 23, 2003

Laredo, TX (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life advocates in the southern Texas city of Laredo, on the Mexican border, are excited over the prospects of no long having abortions performed there. The abortion practitioner who drove in from San Antonio to do abortions will no longer make the trip.

The New Women’s Clinic abortion business says Laredo and area women considering abortions must travel nearly three hours one way to San Antonio to obtain one.

However, two crisis pregnancy centers are in town to offer women pregnancy help and assistance.

Barbara Woodward, of San Antonio, who owns the abortion facility declines to comment on a possible replacement, why the abortion practitioner was let go, or whether the facility will remain open.

"This is an answer to our prayers. No abortions in Laredo. We have prayed for this for years," said Laura Boes, director of Casa La Esperanza Pro-Life Center, told the Laredo Morning Times.

Boes said staff is ready to show and explain alternatives to abortion.

Elizabeth Graham of Texas Right to Life also celebrated the news.

She told LifeNews.com, "’Hopefully these women traveling to San Antonio will have time to reflect on the new life growing in their womb. The fact that abortions are no longer available in Laredo is a simultaneous testimony to the strong pro-life community there and the barbarism of the abortion procedure."