by Mathew Baughman*
On July 18, 2013, Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill 2 into law. HB2 requires abortion clinics to comply with the following (with some exceptions) by September 1, 2014:
- No abortion (physical or induced) at or after 20 weeks of fertilization unless
- the mother is in danger of serious physical impairment or death;
- it is meant to save the unborn child; or
- fatal abnormalities in the unborn child.
- Clinics must adopt the minimum standards for ambulatory centers according to Section 243.010 of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
HB2 also creates new standards for physicians in clinics that provide abortion services. These standards include, but are not limited to:
- the physician performing or inducing the abortion must have admitting privileges at a hospital no more than thirty miles away;
- the physician must provide the pregnant woman with a phone number accessible 24 hours a day in case of complications;
- the physician must provide the telephone number to the nearest hospital from her house; and
- only physicians can prescribe and administer abortion-inducing drugs.
According to the New York Times, five out of forty-two abortion clinics in the state currently meet the ambulatory standards: Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston. What are your thoughts on this new bill? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or our blog.
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