As Abortion Clinic Closures Loom in Texas, A Look Back at How We Got Here

"In July, conservative Texas lawmakers convened during a second special session to pass legislation severely restricting abortion access. House Bill 2 bans abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy and requires patients to follow outdated FDA protocol when taking abortion-inducing drugs. It also demands that abortion doctors secure hospital admitting privileges and compels abortion clinics to comply with the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs)­—stipulations that will force abortion providers like Dr. Lester Minto to shutter his Rio Grande Valley clinic after more than 30 years in practice and turn away the roughly 2,000 women he sees for preventative care and/or abortion services on an annual basis.

He’s far from alone. Reproductive health care experts estimate 37 of the state’s 42 abortion clinics will close as a result of the legislation, leaving just five centers located in four major cities to serve the entire state. For San Antonio, that could mean only one center would stay afloat. With just three other non-ASC abortion providers in the region, that lone clinic may very well serve all of South Texas." –Mary Tuma, “Texas Abortion Providers Fear They May Not Survive New Regulations."

To complement our 8/14 cover story on the effects of Texas’ newly passed abortion legislation, we’ve rounded up a collection of Current blogs and articles about the bill’s controversial migration through both chambers of the Texas Legislature and the unprecedented activism by pro-choice advocates to stop its passage. Reporting by Mary Tuma.

“SB5: Dead Anti-Abortion Bills See New Life In Special Session”  June 19, 2013

“Texas Senate Votes to Decimate Abortion Access”  June 19, 2013

“The Great People’s Filibuster: More Than 700 Sign Up To Protest Abortion Bills”  June 21, 2013

“Texas House Approves Anti-Abortion Bill Despite Hundreds of Protestors”  June 26, 2013

“Filibuster By Democratic Senator Kills the Anti-Abortion Bill”  June 25, 2013

“Anti-Abortion Bill Dies After Senate Filibuster”  June 26, 2013

“Perry Attacks Davis At Anti-Abortion Convention”  June 27, 2013

“’Can You Hear Us Now?’ More Than 5,000 Pro-Choice Activists Protest At Capitol”  July 2, 2013

“Notorious Abortion Bill Inspired By Draft Legislation From National Anti-Abortion Group”  July 3, 2013

“Anti-Abortion Bill Passes House Committee Amid Limited Testimony”  July 3, 2013

“Senate Committee Prepares For Long Night Of Anti-Abortion Bill Testimony”  July 8, 2013

“Anti-Abortion Bill Debate Waging On House Floor”  July 9, 2013

“Anti-Abortion Bill Officially Advanced By House”  July 9, 2013

“GOP Rule-Wrangling During Davis Filibuster Draws Fire”  July 10, 2013

“Davis, Castro Energize Pro-Choice Advocates At ‘Stand With Texas Women Rally’” July 12, 2013

“Anti-Abortion Bill Passes Senate, Moves To Gov. Perry For Signature”  July 13, 2013

“What’s Next For The Anti-Abortion Bill”  July 17, 2013

“As Perry Signs Anti-Abortion Bill Into Law, Legal Challenge Brews”  July 18, 2013

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