Texas Governor Rick Perry Signs Restrictive Abortion Law
It’s not a surprise, given the one-sided nature of the state’s political makeup. Interesting how, in the photo op, so many women are prominent, in spite of teh fact that most women oppose this measure.
The measure effectively bans all abortions in the state after 20 weeks of pregnancy, it requires abortion clinics to also become ambulatory surgical centers, and it forces doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic at which they perform the procedure.
Republicans have said the bill safeguards women’s health by tightening restrictions on abortion clinics in Texas, but Democrats in the state and nationwide have assailed the measure as an assault on a women’s right to make her own health care choices, warning that the new regulations would effectively shut down abortion clinics in rural areas of the state.