Standards Too High? Protesters Rally at Austin Abortion Hearing

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AUSTIN — Last year, Texas had 41 abortion clinics. Now, in the wake of a new state law that has practically gutted these practices, there are only 19 in the entire state.

What a difference a year makes.

That new law requires doctors at the clinics to have surgical privileges at nearby hospitals. It’s set to go into effect on September 1 and is already wreaking havoc for health providers.

One group, Whole Woman’s Health, is trying to change that.

Monday morning, they were in federal court down in Austin challenging the law. The group argues that the Lone Star state will be forced to close all but 10 clinics when it goes into effect.

A new report from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project finds with fewer options, the number of women of reproductive age living more than 200 miles away from a clinic that performs abortions increased by 3,000% in the past year.

In Dallas, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas announced they are renovating a new center on West Virginia Avenue  in anticipation of the new legislation.

Once it opens, women seeking abortions will be referred from the existing Greenville Avenue clinic, which will stay open. But unless the new law is overturned, no abortions will be performed there.