(Mirror Daily, United States) – Texas abortions are down by 14 percent after House Bill Two abortion restrictions have started to be implemented in the southern state. After the bill of laws had been voted, several clinics closed immediately because the doctors did not meet the new standards.
According to the laws stated in House Bill Two, abortion clinics situated on Texan territory must comply with a couple of high standards in order to function legally. The first requirement that already sent a couple of physicians packing dictates that an abortion doctor must own admitting privileges at a hospital situated within thirty miles of the clinic.
The second provision, which is not yet in effect, states that all clinics must maintain equal health standards as ambulatory centers for surgery. This means that the rooms and the doors must have a certain minimum size, there must be a particular number of doctors and nurses on duty every day, and the equipment should meet pre-decided standards.
The doctors who work in abortion clinics stated that these regulations are preposterous, and if the second provision comes into effect, Texas may only be left with less than ten abortion clinics in the entire state.
Before House Bill Two was voted, there were more than forty operational abortion clinics in Texas; now there are only nineteen left. And if the second provision comes into effect, the number will be reduced by half.
Ever since the new set of regulations was voted by the Supreme Court, the number of women getting the controversial procedure significantly dropped. Texas abortions are down by 14 percent in just a year, and the official expect the percentage to rise when the second provision of House Bill Two is voted by the Supreme Court.
According to the early estimates released by the state officials, there were 54,191 registered abortion cases in 2014, as opposed to 63,168 cases in 2013. Of course, the data comprises only the procedures that took place on Texan territory.
The number of abortions might continue to drop in the southern state, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the women will stop having abortions. They will be forced to drive longer distances to get to a clinic, or even go to the neighbor states to undergo the operation.
The majority of Texans are opposed to the procedure, preferring to adopt a pro-life philosophy. But America is the land of the free, so pro-choice militants often clash with the first.
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