Texas Women Travel Farther, Pay More for Abortion

by Samantha Allen  |  published on March 19, 2016

The Supreme Court is currently deciding whether or not Texas legislation imposes an “undue burden” on women seeking abortion. Now, that burden can be measured.

House Bill 2 (HB 2), the law currently under review in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, requires abortion providers to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers and to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. Since it passed, over half of Texas abortion clinics have shut their doors.

Research from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) at the University of Texas – Austin has analyzed the effects of HB 2 and the clinic closures it caused. One study estimated that 100,000 or more Texan women, particularly Latinas in the Rio Grande Valley, have attempted to self-induce an abortion.

Another study found that wait times have increased drastically at some clinics as they struggle to accommodate a higher volume of patients. At some clinics in Austin, wait times were as long as 20 days. Comparable wait times statewide would almost double the number of second-trimester abortions, the researchers estimated.

  • Anthony

    There is all kinds of protection if you don’t want children do not make then the have to murder them, why should Texas pay for it. if you allow a life to get started do not kill it, you will someday have to answer for it.

  • MyRoseHasTHORNS

    Why are so few ‘doctors’ qualified to have admitting privileges? Are they all quacks and incompetent?

    Why shouldn’t an abortion facility meet the same facility and doctor standards as a dental, eye surgery, and digestive health specialists?

  • 4Pip

    God is sending these women a message,”have your baby and put it up for adoption.” It’s time to remember these are people too,they are gifts from God,valued very much by Him!

  • Joann Holmes

    maybe that long drive will give you poss and time to think about what you are getting ready to do .

  • Luke

    Selling your soul to the Devil for an abortion will be a burden too when the Devil has his due..

  • carpkiller

    Texas, a whole new country.

Google Analytics Alternative