Three abortion providers this week had their hospital admitting privileges revoked at nearby hospitals after anti-choice mobilization put pressure on the state’s hospitals to deny them such privileges, which are required under HB 2 to keep their clinics open.
The Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the ACLU of Texas filed a petition last week asking the full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reexamine the constitutionality of the admitting privileges requirement contained in HB2.
“This law has closed clinics. This law has denied women access to safe care. This law is now and will in the future do great damage to the health-care infrastructure in the State of Texas.”
Texas had 44 abortion clinics just 3 years ago, but only 19 have survived the onslaught of restrictive laws so far.
Texas House Representative Harold Dutton Jr. (D) has introduced HB45, a counter-measure that would halt any further abortion restrictions until the state bans capital punishment.
Over 700 Texans last night successfully blocked HB 60, a state bill that would shut down all but 5 abortion providers in the state, from passing in the state House as part of a “people’s filibuster.” The legislation passed through the Senate Tuesday.