March 31, 2014 — Planned Parenthood is planning to open a $5 million facility in San Antonio, Texas, that will comply with abortion regulations that are scheduled to take effect in September under a state law (HB 2), Reuters reports.
The group expects to complete the facility, which will offer surgical abortions, before the restrictions take effect (Garza, Reuters, 3/27).
Many abortion clinics in the state are unable to meet the law's requirement that they have on-site ambulatory surgical centers. In addition, many Texas clinics have stopped offering abortions or closed because they are not able to comply with a provision that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals (Women's Health Policy Report, 3/7).
According to Planned Parenthood, only about six abortion clinics are expected to be able to comply with the ambulatory surgical center requirements.
Planned Parenthood South Texas spokesperson Mara Posada said, "Women may have the right to legal abortion in theory, but in practice, this right is vanishing for many women in Texas" (Reuters, 3/27).