An abortion clinic in Dallas, Texas is the first to indicate is will close after a federal appeals court upheld a pro-life Texas law that requires abortion clinics to comply with the same basic medical standards expected of legitimate surgical clinics.
The pro-life group Life Dynamics, based in Texas, blogged about someone who phoned the abortion facility in question and learned that it will only be seeing a few more customers before closing this weekend.
A Dallas abortion clinic is set to close Saturday following a court decision which upheld strict pro-life laws in the state.
A representative of the Routh Street abortion facility which has legally killed children “for decades” told a caller to the clinic that the death mill will only be “serving” a few more patients before they close permanently this weekend.
“State law closed us down- they passed a law Wednesday that we have to shut down. It went before the fifth circuit that if you are not a surgical center or doctor with hospital privileges we have to close down,” the woman who identified herself as a medical assistant and pathologist for the clinics said in the phone call.
The Routh Street abortion staffer said the Dallas abortion clinic was performing Sonograms today under the state’s 24 hour waiting period requirement and that the abortion procedures they plan to perform Saturday would be for women who are already scheduled.
When asked if she thought the abortion clinic would reopen she said, “I don’t think the doctor’s going to fight it anymore?“
She said they are referring abortion minded women to the National Abortion Federation but has no idea where they are sending them.
Asked how callers to the clinic are taking the news she said, “They are shocked – some are mad – it’s their body.”
The abortion staffer, who said she had been employed there for seven years, was also asked what the oldest child they had ever aborted was and she said 17 weeks.
Asked if it bothered her to see an aborted baby, the worker said she was pro-choice and it didn’t bother her that much.
When asked why anyone would have an abortion that late, she said there can be many reasons but that “being irresponsible” happens in “most cases.”
The legislation, House Bill 2 (HB2), requires abortion facilities to meet the same safety standards of other Ambulatory Surgical Centers in the state, ensures that abortionists have admitting privileges at a local hospital, and bans painful late abortions on fully formed babies. The admitting privileges portion of the law was the portion responsible for closing abortion clinics and, because so many shut down or stopped doing abortions, Judge Lee Yeakel claimed that constituted an undue burden on women.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the lower court “erred by substituting its own judgment for that of the legislature” when ruling against the pro-life bill. It ruled that all abortion clinics have to follow the admitting privileges law except one.
Planned Parenthood did not challenge the law’s prohibition on abortions that take place at 20 weeks or later, a provision based on evidence that demonstrates the baby can feel pain at that stage. Pro-life Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed the omnibus HB 2 bill into law in July 2013.
Abbott criticized Yeakel in his motion to the appellate court, saying the district judge “failed even to mention (much less follow) precedent” from the appellate court and U.S. Supreme Court. Abbott asked for a response from the appeals court by Friday and he said he thinks it will overturn the judge’s decision.
This case is expected to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.