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Planned Parenthood South Texas prepared for stricter abortion laws
SAN ANTONIO- The final provision under House Bill 2 for stricter abortion laws will take effect September 1st. Part of the law has already gone into effect. It bans abortion after 20 weeks and requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting rights at area hospitals.
Planned Parenthood South Texas is prepared to meet the requirements of the final provision in those new and stricter abortion laws. All abortion clinics will need to become ambulatory surgical centers -- where the exam rooms and recovery room look more like a hospital. Since Planned Parenthood’s new center in San Antonio is still being built officials say they have made other arrangements to send women who come in for abortion care to another local facility.
Mara Posada, spokesperson for Planned Parenthood South Texas, says women's access to legal abortions is now limited with clinics around the state folding including El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley.
In fact, she says after September 1st there will only be 5 to 8 abortion care providers in Texas. Posada says Planned Parenthood is getting the word out that they are still open to help women. They realize many women may have no choice but to travel from other cities to Planned Parenthood's full scale clinic in San Antonio for services.
Planned Parenthood is only releasing the location to patients but says it’s offering all abortion care whether it’s a clinical procedure or for the abortion pill.
Officials expect the new facility to be open by the fall. Aside from abortion care the news center will also provide other health care and prevention such as cancer screenings, contraception and testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.