No sooner did Texas Governor Rick Perry sign into law a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks and holds abortion facilities accountable for higher health and safety standards than the Planned Parenthood abortion business announce it was closing clinics.
The abortion giant informed employees at three locations in Texas that they would be closing. Those locations include Bryan, Huntsville and Lufkin, Texas — all run by the Houston affiliate of the abortion business.
“The combined impact of years of budget cuts to women’s health care services and the dismantling of the successful Women’s Health Program will take affordable, preventive health care options away from women in Bryan, Lufkin and Huntsville — just as these policies have taken health care away from an estimated 130,000 others — when Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is forced to close these family planning health centers at the end of August,” said Melaney A. Linton, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.
“Ensuring Texas women have access to the care they need to stay healthy, especially women in rural and underserved areas, goes to the heart of our mission,” she said. “We are making every effort to provide resources for our patients faced with health center closings, however the alarming reality is that most will be left with no real options for getting the basic, preventive health care they need.”
“It is a travesty that Texas politicians are stripping healthcare from women across the state, harming lives and unraveling the health care safety need that has taken decades to build,” said Linton. “As voices in support of women’s health continue to grow within the state and as the chorus of alarmed people nationwide focus their attention on Texas politicians, Planned Parenthood will continue to work strongly to eliminate these politicized barriers and to stand up for women in Texas, no matter what.”
While Planned Parenthood talks about women’s health, the bill perry signed does more to protect their health.
The 20-week abortion ban was the major focus of the bill, but the legislation also places stricter health and safety regulations on abortion clinics — which has forced many abortion clinics in other states that can’t guarantee they can protect the health of women to close.
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The bill also requires all abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety regulations as an ambulatory surgical center, requires a doctor providing abortions to secure admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and lastly, requires a doctor to personally administer the abortion-inducing drugs to the patient.
Planned Parenthood has botched abortions in numerous states, including Delaware, Colorado, and Missouri, for example. This week is the anniversary of the death of Tonya Reaves, a black woman who died at a Planned Parenthood in Chicago following a failed abortion.