A little while back we talked about how teen birth rates have decreased considerably in the past two decades and now it’s time to take a look at the latest news that reveals a Texas law that could force abortions clinics to close. In Austin, Texas, a federal judge is going to issue a decision about whether clinics that perform abortions inside the state need to become outpatient surgery centers.
The law is part of a trend that seems to be quite popular inside the United States, in which the state legislatures are looking to regulate doctors and their practices and offices, instead of the women who want to have abortions. These laws are known as TRAP laws, as the acronym comes from Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers.
Rochelle Tafolla, spokesperson for Planet Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston, TX, had this to say about the laws: They do just that. They ‘trap’ providers into very tight, medically unnecessary restrictions.
The Texas law could force abortion clinics to close, as it will require doctors who perform abortions to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles before they do anything else. This law passed in 2013 and many clinics, especially the ones in the countryside, found it difficult, if not impossible to comply with the rule by its deadline (November). The passing of the law caused the number of abortion clinics in the state of Texas to drop from 41 to 20.
The law’s concluding rule requires offices and practices to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers, which is very hard to do for the majority of them, because the standards don’t only refer to medical procedures and machines, but also to hallway widths, showers, lockers and heating specifications.
The rule goes into effect on May 1st, 2015, unless Lee Yeakel, federal judge of the Western District in Austin, issues an injunction to stop it. A decision is expected to be taken by Friday.
One doctor who has refused to be named, for fear of being targeted by anti-abortion protesters, said that he would have to stop providing abortions if and when the rule goes into effect:
Abortion is part of what we’re trained to do as obstetricians-gynecologists. That’s the medical point of it. When the politicians get into the mix, it becomes a completely different story.
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