Why Texas’ New Abortion Restrictions Will Be So Devastating, In Two Maps
On Saturday, the Texas legislature gave final approval to stringent abortion restrictions that have sparked massive protests over the past several weeks. The sweeping anti-choice bill, which Gov. Rick Perry (R) will likely sign into law this week, criminalizes abortion after 20 weeks and threatens to shut down 90 percent of the abortion clinics in the state.
Texas’ new regulations will require clinics to adhere to the same standards as surgical centers, even though that won’t actually do anything to make abortion care safer. Perry has denied that the restrictions will lead clinics to close their doors – but abortion providers disagree, and warn they’ll be forced to shut down because they won’t be able to afford to make costly updates to their facilities.
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