The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has made a decision to require all abortion-providing health clinics to meet hospital-level operating standards.
Owners of several small clinics claim that these new standards would require millions of dollars in upgrades which they can’t afford, and some abortion-rights extremists have said that the law is a thinly veiled attempt to block women’s access to abortion.
However, Gov. Greg Abbott and those in support of the law say the new standards actually protect women’s health, noting that abortion is an invasive procedure and Texas women deserve hospital-level medical services, as well as emergency hospital access, for any operation that could result in injury, infection, or death.
Paul Weber at Associated Press points out that, “For women in El Paso, the closest abortion provider in Texas would require a 1,200-mile round trip to San Antonio, or they would have to cross the border into New Mexico.”
However, New Mexico is a 10 minute drive from El Paso, and it’s only a 20 minute drive to the nearest New Mexico abortion clinic. So, that’s a stupid argument Paul. Stop fabricating controversy.
In Texas, it is still legal to abort a baby up until 20 weeks, or 22 weeks, depending on how you calculate the duration of the pregnancy. This is a photograph of a 22 week old, unborn baby, in vitro: