12 Texas Abortion Clinics to Close Thanks to New Pro-Life Law

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 1, 2013   |   10:35AM   |   Austin, TX

Now that a federal appeals court has allowed a new pro-life law in Texas to take effect, as many as 12 abortion clinics are slated to temporarily close because they can’t comply with the law’s requirements to protect women’s health from dangerous abortions.

The law requires abortion practitioners to have admitting privileges at a local hospital within 30 miles of the location of the abortion clinic to be able to transport women quickly and easily in medical emergencies when they are injured by botched abortions. As many as 12 abortion clinics across the state can’t comply with that requirement that is expected of legitimate medical centers.

The Washington Times has more on the closures:

At least 12 abortion clinics in Texas will have to quit performing the procedure this Friday, the result of an appeals court ruling that determined most of the state’s newly legislated restrictions can in fact go into effect right away.

“This fight is far from over,” said Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, of the ruling, The Associated Press reported. “This restriction clearly violates Texas women’s constitutional rights by drastically reducing access to safe and legal abortion statewide.”

The law bans abortions after 20 weeks, requires that all medical providers who perform the procedure do so at a licensed surgical facility — rather than an office clinic — and requires that doctors who do abortions also have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Only about 15 of 32 hospitals in the state have accepted doctors to perform the procedure; some with religious affiliations have turned down the requests, AP reported.

Other applications have been put on hold, pending checks to see if doctors meet the residential requirements. Some mandate physicians live within a certain radius, for example.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans’ decision is only temporary. A complete hearing on the matter will likely go forward in January, AP said. But in the meantime, a dozen abortion providers will have to stop performing the procedure, given their inability to comply with the portions of the law the appeals court ruled could take effect immediately.



Meanwhile, the Whole Women’s Health Clinic chain of abortion clinics in Texas, which has been found to run filthy and dilapidated abortion clinics that injure women in failed abortions, also talked about the abortion clinic closings it will have to make in the face of the new law.