A pro choice activist group says the strict new abortion restrictions which were approved by the Texas Legislature in July will result in more than 22,000 Texas women per year being unable to undergo an abortion, 1200 WOAI news reports.
"Women particularly in rural areas and outside of cities who want to terminate a pregnancy, will have no recourse because there will be no late term providers left," Jody Jacobsen of the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, told 1200 WOAI news.
The laws bar an abortion after 20 weeks gestation, and also require all abortion clinics to be staffed by physicians who have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the clinic. The laws are being challenged in court, and Jacobsen says her findings will be presented to U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel later this month in an attempt to have the law declared an unconstitutional violation of Roe v. Wade.
"These laws, all together, all serve to make abortion les accessible, more expensive, more time consuming, and really to force women to carry pregnancies to term," she said.
The laws do not cover women who are less than twenty weeks gestation, and abortions will still be available to them.
But Jacobsen says it's all a matter of personal freedom.
"Who is Rick Perry to tell me what decisions I should or should not have made, or what any other woman should or should not have made," she said.