Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Texas Abortion Clinics Now Safer

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Texas Abortion Clinics Now Safer

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It has been one year since Texas adopted important regulatory restrictions on abortion that protect life and make this nasty procedure safer for women.

The legislation was signed into law in July 2013. Its major provisions require that abortion doctors have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of where they practice; abortion after 20 weeks of fertilization is banned; stricter controls on medically induced abortion; and abortion facilities must meet the same standards as those of ambulatory surgical centers.

Pro-abortion forces sought to block the law, but it went into effect in Novembe after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Planned Parenthood to reinstate an injunction.

According to a report by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, 19 of 41 abortion clinics have closed and abortions have declined 13 percent since the law went into effect.

The response from Planned Parenthood has been to announce a new facility to open in Dallas that will comply with the new standards and plans to spend $3 million dollars to support pro-abortion candidates in Texas in the fall elections.

There is a grotesque kind of irony at work when Planned Parenthood fights responsible efforts to protect the lives and health of women who undergo abortion procedures. Typifying this mindset is a recent Washington Post editorial about the new regulations in Texas, characterizing them as "negating" the legality of abortion provided under Roe v. Wade.

But if that were the case, Planned Parenthood would not be opening a new facility in Dallas. The issue here is not legality of abortion, but the regulatory and cultural circumstances under which it takes place.

The Washington Post editors complain the standards abortion clinics in Texas must satisfy are not required of "clinics that perform dental, periodontic, cosmetic, or other outpatient surgical procedures. …

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