Two clinics in underserved areas of Texas—one an abortion provider—closed their doors this week, as the effects of the omnibus anti-abortion access bill passed last summer with the support of conservative lawmakers continue to unfold across the state.
Over the past several months, RH Reality Check Senior Political Reporter Andrea Grimes traveled to Texas’ Rio Grande Valley to meet some of the Texans who are most affected by HB 2, the omnibus anti-abortion law that is expected to shutter all but six abortion clinics in the state. Watch Grimes’ video dispatch from the Valley.
A bill that would require physicians who provide abortions to obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital passed an Oklahoma senate committee Tuesday. The bill appears to be based on model legislation drafted by the anti-choice group Americans United for Life.
A lawsuit challenging North Dakota’s admitting privileges law may soon be resolved.
It’s “ironic,” explained state Rep. Peggy Gibson. Harold Cassidy, a lawyer and self-style anti-choice crusader, is “invasive of women’s private affairs, and then he says his affairs are private, when women have no right to privacy.”
Reproductive rights activists help defeat a proposed abortion restriction in Louisiana, while a bunch of new restrictions pop up in states across the country.
A federal court is considering whether to permanently block the state’s requirement that doctors who perform abortions must have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
The resignation of Ted Wymsylo, and his legally contested order to close an Ohio clinic, come as Gov. John Kasich faces a Democratic opponent who plans to make abortion an issue in the November elections.
A senate bill could target doctors for anti-choice protests, while a house bill would ban private insurance coverage of abortion.
The governor reiterated his anti-choice intentions last week as state legislators introduced several extreme anti-choice bills.