Four Texas abortion clinics, in Bryan, Harlingen, San Angelo, and Midland are closing, due to the tough new abortion restrictions which were passed by the Legislature in the second special session and with took effect September 1, 1200 WOAI news reports.
The four clinics which are closing are in Bryan, Harlingen, San Angelo and Midland, and all say they are unable to meet the new regulation that requires all abortion clinics to be staffed by a physician who has admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic.
Kyleen Wright of Texans for Life, says the fact that four of the state 37 licensed abortion clinics are closing less than a month after the law kicked in prove that anti abortion groups were right all along...these facilities were abusing women and were providing poor service in exchange for cash.
"Some of these abortion clinics were using shoddy abortion doctors who couldn't make it anywhere else," she told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board.
The low quality of some doctors who perform abortions has been a key issue in the always emotional abortion debate, since Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was convicted in connection with his operation of a filthy and horrific abortion clinic where women died, and where fetuses that were born alive were murdered.
"A lot of these abortion doctors, they can't get anyone to vouch for them," Wright said, citing the requirements that most hospitals have that physicians have references before they are allowed to practice at the hospital.
Several abortion clinics say they will meet the new requirements and will remain in business. Some say they will challenge the new restrictions in court.
Wright says the move to tighten the requirements for abortion clinics will be good for women's health.
"I noticed in my research that some of these doctors are sub par, and that's why they can't get hospital admitting privileges," she said.
Other requirements of the new abortion law include meeting the stricter standards of an ambulatory surgical center, even though most medical experts say abortion is an 'outpatient' procedure.
A separate new law also requires women have to make four visits to the doctor before receiving a so called 'abortion pill,' and the pills must be administered in the doctor's office.