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First Texas Abortion Clinic Shut Down Due to New Regs

First Texas Abortion Clinic Shut Down Due to New Regs


  For the first time, a Texas abortion clinic has been shut down for violating the conditions of the tough new abortion rules which were pased by the Legislalature in 2013,  1200 WOAI news reports.

  Dr. Theodore Herring was performing abortions from November through early February at a clinic in Houston without having admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic.  That is a key provision of an abortion law passed last year by the Legislature and upheld by the courts.

  The clinic has been shut down by the Texas Department of State Health Services, and Dr. Herring has had his medical license temporarily suspended.

  "This is the first domino to fall," Melissa Conway of Texas Right to Life, an anti abortion group, told 1200 WOAI news.  "Texas Right to Life has actually brougth one other doctor to light to the Texas Medical Board."

  Officials say Herring was found to be performing abortions in violation of the new state laws in December, and and a follow up surprise inspection at the clinic earlier this month showed that he had not taken steps to obtain the required admitting privleges and was still performing abortions.

  "It is unfortunate that this took three months and 268 lives (in abortions) before the state took notice," she said.  "But it is good news that the state is moving forward."

  The new laws also prohibit abortions after 20 weeks gestation, and require abortion clinics to maintain the facilities of an emergency care clinic.
lalature in 2013,  1200 WOAI news reports.

  Dr. Theodore Herring was performing abortions from November through early February at a clinic in Houston without having admitting privleges at a hospital within 30 miles from the clinic.  That is a key provision of an abortion law passed last year by the Legislature and upheld by the courts.

  The clinic has been shut down by the Texas Department of State Health Services, and Dr. Herring has had his medical license temporarily suspended.

  "This is the first domino to fall," Melissa Conway of Texas Right to Life, an anti abortion group, told 1200 WOAI news.  "Texas Right to Life has actually brougth one other doctor to light to the Texas Medical Board."

  She says that doctor is performing abortions in the Rio Grande Valley, where the overwhelmingly Catholic population makes it very difficult for abotion doctors to obtain the necessary privileges.

  Officials say Herring was found to be performing abortions in violation of the new state laws in December, and and a follow up surprise inspection at the clinic earlier this month showed that he had not taken steps to obtain the required admitting privileges and was still performing abortions.

  "It is unfortunate that this took three months and 268 lives (in abortions) before the state took notice," she said.  "But it is good news that the state is moving forward."

  The new laws also prohibit abortions after 20 weeks gestation, and require abortion clinics to maintain the facilities of an emergency care clinic.

 

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