-Prevents women from having an abortion after 20 weeks of gestation.
-Raises the standards for abortion clinics to a the level of a surgical center.
-Doctors in abortion centers must have privileges to admit patients in a hospital that is at maximum 30 miles away.
Luckily, I was able to speak with a DUCOM student from Texas to get their options. In short, they said they were not surprised this bill was passed, since Texas is such a conservative state. As a future physician, they feel that regardless of your stance on abortion it is important to listen to your patient and help them to decide which reproductive options are best for them. They also brought up another good point. Almost half of all pregnancies are unplanned. Maybe that's the public health issue we should really be focusing on.
What are your thoughts?
Click here to read the New York times article
More info and statistics on unplanned pregancy and abortion:
Abortion Facts from the Guttmacher Institute
Unplanned Pregnancy Facts from the Guttmacher Institute