HOUSTON, Tx - A ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will allow Texas to close two-thirds of its abortion clinics, leaving as few as 7 open. This sent unhappy Texans to the steps of the Capitol in Austin to protest.
Governor Perry`s House Bill 2 will be enforced immediately so Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Austin will be the only cities where the procedure can be performed- at least legally. Women living in the Panhandle, West Texas, and The Valley now have very limited options.
Conservatives say the bill was created to protect women`s health. Planned Parenthood and The Center for Reproductive Rights say it restricts women`s access to health care- not just abortion but prenatal care, cancer screenings and mammograms.
The bottom line is: technically you still have the right to choose- you just have fewer choices because unless you live in the big cities you`ll have to drive about 300 miles round trip to have your medical needs met... but it's all for the health of the mother, right?