Texas abortion clinics are closing after the reinstatement of an abortion law.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, a Texas teen sued her parents because they wanted her to get an abortion.
The law requires that Texas abortion clinics have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of a clinic, bans all abortions after 20 weeks, and also makes certain all abortions take place in surgical centers. While upgrading the safety standards for Texas abortion clinics might seem laudable, about a third of all clinics are estimated to be out of the 30 mile range and requiring doctors to upgrade to the medical standards of an ambulatory surgical center would cost about $1 million more to build than a standard abortion clinic.
Critics of the Texas abortion law claims it would end access to medical abortion and shut down a large number of Texas abortion clinics. On the other hand, supporters of the Texas abortion law claimed it was about protecting women’s health and making abortion clinics safe. About half the states in the US have passed similar requirements for abortion clinics.
Whatever your feelings on the abortion law, about a third of all Texas abortion clinics are closing this week after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Texas can enforce the abortion law while a lawsuit challenging the clinic restrictions moves forward. Some of the Texas abortion clinics are within 30 miles of a hospital but are still waiting on a decision after applications were accepted. Women who want to visit a Texas abortion clinic may have to drive hundreds of miles in certain areas of the state.
For example, one 39-year-old woman claims she can’t afford any option, including the cost of driving:
“I just can’t afford to have another one. It’s so unfair. It’s just politics. It’s my decision. It’s not anybody else’s. I think I will have to go through with the pregnancy. I don’t have the finances to travel.”
Texas Governor Rick Perry has dedicated himself to making abortion illegal, saying his administration would continue “doing everything we can to protect a culture of life in our state.” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott agrees with Perry, saying:
“This unanimous decision is a vindication of the careful deliberation by the Texas Legislature to craft a law to protect the health and safety of Texas women.”
What do you think about the Texas abortion law? Do you think think the law is fair to Texas abortion clinics, or that women’s health should be made safer at any short term cost?