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Abortion clinics becoming endangered species: new state rules make business tough
Last month, thousands of advocates gathered at the state Capitol in Austin to support or protest the bill. Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis famously filibustered the bill for some 11 hours June 26 to derail the measure as a legislative special session expired.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry called lawmakers into a special session this week. He expects votes on these measures.
New state laws
In its Monday report, the Guttmacher Institute said that as of June, seven states require abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals — a move that gives hospitals “veto power” over abortion clinics’ abilities to provide services. In two of the seven states, however, the laws have not come into effect and another two are tied up in court challenges, institute analysts said.
Other new laws require abortion clinics to meet standards of ambulatory surgical centers. Opponents said this is unfair to abortion clinics because they do not offer a wide range of surgical procedures and in some cases offer only chemical abortions.
Lawmakers in states including Alabama, Indiana and Virginia said their actions were needed to ensure the safety of women seeking abortions.
By midyear, states have adopted 43 provisions of all kinds that limit abortion, according to the Guttmacher survey. This was “as many as were enacted in all of 2012,” it noted.
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Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor. Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...
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