Planned Parenthood closed two rural Texas clinics last week. On top of providing cancer screenings, contraceptives, and preventive exams, the now-closed clinic in Midland provided surgical abortions, and the clinic in San Angelo provided medication abortions. Together, the clinics saw over 3,000 patients each year who will now have to travel elsewhere for reproductive health services.
According to Dallas News, "a major reason for shuttering the clinics is that their doctors are having trouble getting admitting privileges at local hospitals--a new legal requirement that goes into effect at the end of next month." Under the new law, abortion providers must have admitting privileges in hospitals within 30 miles from their clinic. The requirement is part of a bill passed by the GOP-run legislature and Governor Rick Perry that imposes restrictive laws on abortion clinics. Five Texas abortion clinics have closed in the past three years, and five others are expected to close soon, due to exclusion from state funding for women's health and an inability to comply with the new requirements.
Fortunately, the Perot Foundation, founded by Ross Perot, former conservative presidential candidate, announced last week that it was giving one million dollars to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. Margot Perot said, "Our family has supported this nonprofit for many years because we are impressed with the work they do--providing birth control; scientifically based education; breast health exams; and basic, life-saving healthcare for women who cannot afford services otherwise." She added, "We also recognize the need to further inform the public of the mission of this great organization and the need to support it at this critical time."
Media Resources: RH Reality Check 9/4/2013; Dallas News 9/5/2013; North Dallas Gazette 8/29/2013
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
9/12/2014 Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery - An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment.
Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .