Despite Hysteria, Most Abortion Clinics To Remain Open In Texas

The media of course, was largely complicit in that hysteria as they acted largely as parrots for extreme pro-choice advocates. Here is a perfect example from the Associated Press. Headline:

Perry signs law that could close most Texas abortion clinics

And the lede:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed sweeping new abortion restrictions on Thursday that could shutter most of the clinics in the state.

But now that the law has been signed, the press suddenly remembers that similar laws have been signed in other states and the dire predictions about abortion clinics closing are not coming true:

Most of the Texas clinics that abortion rights advocates predict will close because of a new law requiring tighter health and safety standards likely will remain open – at least if history is any guide.


In Texas, Planned Parenthood announced on Thursday that it was closing one of its 13 abortion clinics that provide abortions, citing the new law. The nation’s largest abortion provider said the rules could force all but a handful of the 42 abortion facilities in Texas to close down.


But similar warnings in other states have not come to pass.


Twenty-six states have laws that require abortion clinics to meet varying levels of hospital standards, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights. Pennsylvania, Virginia and Missouri passed strict health and safety rules similar to Texas, it said.


In those three states, however, most clinics were able to stay open after the laws passed, some by reallocating dollars to comply with building upgrades, according to abortion providers and state health department officials interviewed by Reuters.

This is another situation in which the press failed to do their jobs when reporting the story initially. They just took the rantings of Planned Parenthood, NARAL and left wing pro-choice zealots at their word.