Since the legalization of abortion in 1973, there have been over 50 million abortions performed in the United States. Recent legislation passed in Texas has made the hot topic more heated than ever.
On Thursday a federal appeals court upheld strict new regulations for abortion providers in Texas, leaving abortion right’s activists shocked and angered.
The law requires doctors that perform abortions in the state to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.
Many women’s rights groups feel this law makes the abortion process difficult for women because they argue that the requirement imposes an undue burden on a woman’s right to choose an abortion. They also feel the requirement will cause many abortion clinics to go out of business; however, the court does not agree.
Appeals Court Judge Edith Jones wrote for the court and stated, “Although some clinics may be required to shut their doors, there is no showing whatsoever that any woman will lack reasonable access to a clinic within Texas.”
Jones also noted that roughly 210 women in Texas each year must be hospitalized after an abortion, and requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges could enhance a patient’s treatment during a hospitalization.