Planned Parenthoods closing immediately as Abortion Bill takes effect

Planned Parenthoods closing immediately as Abortion Bill takes effect

POSTED: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 3:10pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 4:07pm

With the signing on the abortion bill by Governor Rick Perry on Thursday, Planned Parenthood began closing its doors in Texas towns.

The measure bans abortions past 20 weeks of gestation, mandates abortion clinics become ambulatory surgical centers, tightens usage guidelines for the drug RU486 and requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic at which they're providing such services.

As a result of House Bill 2, Lufkin, Huntsville and Bryan will no longer have a community Planned Parenthood location.

The following statements were released by the Planned Parenthood organization in Houston Thursday afternoon:

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast has been providing high quality family planning and basic health care in Houston and Southeast Texas for nearly 80 years. Four decades ago the state of Texas asked Planned Parenthood to be a partner in bringing healthcare to the most underserved rural communities. With the generous support of individuals throughout Houston and Southeast Texas, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast has proudly cared for women and men in the underserved communities of Bryan, Lufkin, and Huntsville for nearly forty years. Planned Parenthood is grateful to the Bryan, Huntsville, and Lufkin communities for their decades of support and determination to ensure that high quality health care is accessible to all. It is a travesty that Texas politicians are stripping healthcare from women across the state, harming lives and unraveling the health care safety net that has taken decades to build. As voices in support of women's health continue to grow within the state and as the chorus of alarmed people nationwide focus their attention on Texas politicians, Planned Parenthood will continue to work strongly to eliminate these politicized barriers and to stand up for women in
Texas, no matter what. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast remains committed to continuing to provide women with the
health care they have trusted from us for more than 75 years.

Those in support of the bill are rejoicing today after the the historical piece of legislature was signed.

Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) was in attendance at the bill signing joined by other members of the Texas Legislature.

"What we have witnessed here at the Capitol is historic," stated Flynn shortly after the signing ceremony. "I am honored to have been a part of shepherding this legislation through the Legislature and am elated that Governor Perry and my colleagues recognize the importance of protecting the life of the unborn and the safety and wellbeing of mothers across our state."

Governor Perry joined other pro-life supporters in Austin saying, "This is an important day for those who support life and for those who support the health of Texas women. In signing House Bill 2, we celebrate and further cement the foundation on which the culture of life in Texas is built.”

The governor has also fought to ensure Texas women get the health services they need, including $100 million in new funding to expand women’s health services and creating the Texas Women’s Health Program.


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Last time I took a few minutes to read the provision for free speech in the US Constitution, Texas was not excluded from the right of any US citizen to exercise this, folks, understand one thing...though I know I am in such a minority in Texas, and especially right-of-right East Texas/Tyler, I am entitled to post my opinion just as you all matter how deeply entrenched you are in your opinions, quit trying to trample on the rights of others.

Americans United for Life was behind this legislation, they're pushing for it nation wide at the state and federal level. There are only about 5,000 adoptions a year in the state. The rate of abortion has been about 75,000 a year. So what's the states plan to deal with these unwanted children? What does the christian community in Texas propose? I haven't heard anyone talking facts in this debate.

Best time for abortion is before conception......but with low morals or lack of self control it's really hard to do.

I am one of those white Baptist who is fundamentally dedicated to the spiritual needs of the unborn. I rejoice that more lives will have a chance to celebrate birthdays and fly the flag of America whose constitution guarantees LIFE, LIBERTY, and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. Let's shout this AMEN
from the mountain tops and from sea to shiny sea.

...and with these closings, women will seek back-street abortions, will not be able to get early life-saving breast and cervical cancer screenings, and will not be able to receive family planning/birth control services. Now rich, White, Baptist, fundamentalist holier-than-thou men and women in positions of power determine the most personal of issues for women who do not have the advantages those religious well-to-do folks have with private health insurance...unbelievable!!

Now rich, white, baptist.....WTH????? Snydergal, I'm so sorry to inform you, but when you began typing, you must have had your hands full with unused intelligence and you dropped your brain on the flooor to begin ignorantly commenting and typing. Don't make it about race or that someone is Baptist....that's ignorance at its finest. Make it about women/men needing proper healthcare or preventative medical treatment and counseling for potential pregnancies unwanted or otherwise. Jeez

...but then again, maybe it should be noted that it is immoral to kill babies because they are inconvenient. I cannot imagine how you are so blind to this atrocity. What weak arguments and accusations you present. Planned Parenthood has to close if they cannot continue to kill because they are not about those wonderful services that you list (which can also be received at many clinics in the city), their number one mission is abortion.

Your comments seem ill-informed. First of all, this bill has not prohibited abortions, only those after 20 weeks of gestation. What line of logic got you from that to women getting abortions with rusty coat hangers in a back alley? Another point: If Planned Parenthood was really about cervical and breast cancer screenings, why are these locations being closed? Isn't PP a non-profit? If PP's primary purpose was to provide health care, why do it with abortion money?

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