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Three East Texas women’s clinics to close

Three East Texas women’s clinics to close

POSTED: Friday, July 19, 2013 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Friday, July 19, 2013 - 11:14am

Even before Gov. Rick Perry signed House Bill 2 — predicted to doom most of the state’s abortion clinics — Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast had notified employees three East Texas clinics would be closed.

Family Planning Clinics in Lufkin, Bryan and Hunstville are being shuttered along with the Planned Parenthood Center for Choice, an abortion clinic, in Bryan.

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Alejandra Diaz said Thursday the three family planning clinics — which provide women’s health care and not abortions — would close at the end of August because of funding cuts to Texas’ Women’s Health Program passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011.

“The Center for Choice in Bryan, we knew, we could not afford to bring up to the standards in the new law,” Diaz said. “It just would not have been feasible.”

The Family Planning Clinic in Tyler, which provides women’s health care not including abortions, is operated by Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. However, it is not expected to be affected.

Read more from the Longview News-Journal.

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