Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a pro-life bill into law July 19 banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at hospitals close to their abortuaries. The immediate result was Planned Parenthood's decision to shutter three of its clinics even as pro-abortion activists vowed to work to overturn the law — and as at least one abortionist reportedly indicated he would defy the law.
“Today, we celebrate the further cementing of the foundation upon which the culture of life in Texas is built,” Perry told pro-life state lawmakers and supporters as he signed the bill in Austin. “It is our responsibility and duty to give voice to the unborn individuals.” Perry called the occasion of the bill's implementation, following a weeks-long attempt by a pro-abortion mob to thwart its passage, “an important day for those who support life and for those who support the health of Texas women.”
The Associated Press reported that in addition to the ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the law “restricts abortions to surgical centers and requires doctors who work at abortion clinics to have hospital admitting privileges. Only five of the 42 abortion clinics in Texas … currently meet those new requirements. Clinics will have a year to either upgrade their facilities or shut down after the law takes effect in October.”
Immediately after Perry signed the bill into law, Planned Parenthood threw in the towel on three of its abortion facilities, closing their doors rather than shelling out money for the requisite upgrades. But the abortion giant's president, Cecile Richards, vowed that her group would use the courts to try to thwart the will of a majority of Texans. “The fight over this law will move to the courts,” said Richards in a statement, “while the bigger fight for women's access to health care in Texas gains steam.”
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