Clinics continue to rail against the state's new abortion law in court, a law that has closed almost half the abortion clinics in Texas through more stringent facilities requirements and required hospital admitting privileges.
Multiple clinics will be forced to close under House Bill 2.
Whole Woman's Health has closed clinics in Beaumont, McAllen and Austin since House Bill 2 went into effect, unable to find hospitals willing to grant their doctors admitting privileges or find financing to upgrade facilities to ambulatory surgical centers. The costly ambulatory surgical center requirement, the real kicker in the bill, goes into effect on September 1. Similar requirements whittled Mississippi down to a single abortion clinic.
On the stand today, CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller said efforts to lease or finance an upgraded facility in Austin and Fort Worth had fallen through in the past year. A broker assisting Whole Woman in potential financing in Fort Worth told the clinic chain last week that 15 banks had passed on loans, and no one seemed interested in a short-term lease in hopes of a better bill in the upcoming session.More »