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Texas Abortion Law: why it needs to be eliminated.

By Julia Gallegos/ UTEP Student


Posted: December 7, 2014

Although the Supreme Court temporarily reversed the impact of a new law on
Texas abortion clinics that went into effect on October 2, 2014, the fight against
this law is far from over. This will continue to be a legal battle for its opponents
and other abortion rights advocates.
Texas was allowed to immediately
enforce new abortion rules and
regulations on October 2, 2014. A panel
on the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
lifted a mandate granted by a lower
court in late August that stalled the final
pieces of the abortion law passed in 2013
(Welch, 2014). The restrictions of this
law on abortion facilities and providers
effectively closed all but seven clinics in
the state, including the only two in
West Texas. According to the
spokeswoman for the Texas Attorney Generals Office, this law is an attempt to
protect the health and safety of Texas women.
On October 14, 2014, soon after restrictions were enforced, the Supreme Court
blocked a provision that would have required abortion clinics to meet ambulatory
surgical standards. Providers in McAllen and El Paso were also exempted from
needing admitting privileges to nearby hospitals. Even with this partial reversal,
the law is scheduled for continued revision in full at the appeals court (Wolf,
2014).
The passage of this law will undoubtedly create several problems and burdens on
Texas women and their access to safe, legal abortion.
The requirement that clinics meet surgical center standards is an extremely
costly tax on abortion services that will result in the closing of abortion providers
in a large part of the state. Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas-Fort Worth
will be the only places in the state with abortion facilities. This would leave
750,000 reproductive-age women, many along the Texas-Mexico border and in

West Texas, more than 200 miles from the nearest abortion provider, which
poses a substantial burden for those women (Welch, 2014).
This would surely cause terrible impacts on Texas women who would no longer
have access to safe and legal abortions, causing them to go out of state, or
perform dangerous self-induced abortions. It will also reduce their access to
prenatal care, cancer screenings, mammograms, and annual wellness visits, which
are also performed at many of these clinics (Welch, 2014).
These dangerous impacts on womens health are the reasons why the restrictions
of this law on abortion providers and facilities should not be enforced.
I believe it will be harmful to place unnecessary restrictions on abortion providers
and facilities. Many clinics will be forced to close, restricting the access to safe,
legal, and timely abortions, and other services to thousands of women.
Clinics and providers should not be so heavily restricted, when many have been
performing safe and legal abortions and other services for decades without these
unnecessary regulations.
Sources:
Welch, W., M. (2014, October 2). Appeals court lets Texas enforce law that restricts abortions.
USA Today. Retrieved from
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/02/texas-abortionlaw/16608857/
Wolf, R. (2014, October 14). Supreme Court eases impact of Texas abortion law. USA Today.
Retrieved from http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/14/supremecourt-texas-abortion-clinics/16992029/