POSTED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 12:33pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 12:44pm
AUSTIN (Texas Tribune) — House Bill 2 and Senate Bill 1 — the omnibus abortion legislation filed in the second special legislative session — have been labeled as among the strictest abortion regulations in the country.
The bills would ban abortion starting 20 weeks after fertilization, under a provision stating that Texas has a compelling interest in protecting fetuses from pain; require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility; force doctors to administer the abortion-inducing drug RU-486 in person, rather than allowing the woman to take it at home; and require abortions — even drug-induced ones — to be performed in ambulatory surgical centers.
This interactive shows which of the state's 42 abortion facilities already meet the ambulatory surgical center requirement (yellow) and which do not (blue). The table below shows how these additional restrictions on abortions in Texas compare with restrictions in other states, based on information collected by the Guttmacher Institute, an advocacy and research organization that promotes abortion rights but produces data that is cited by advocates on both sides of the issue.
See the Texas Tribune's interactive map.