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Tue June 25, 2013
Bill could close all but one of DFW abortion facilities
Eight facilities in Dallas-Fort Worth currently offer abortions. If Senate Bill 5 becomes law, that number could drop to one.
The bill states that any abortion-providing facility must qualify as an ambulatory surgical center. Currently, one of the eight facilities providing abortions in Dallas-Fort Worth meets that criterion, according to an interactive graphic published by The Texas Tribune.
Southwestern Women's Surgery Center in Dallas is the only DFW abortion provider that is also an ambulatory surgical facility. The other seven abortion providers - four in Dallas, three in Fort Worth - would have to upgrade their facilities in order to continue providing abortions.
In Dallas, those providers are Abortion Advantage, Northpark Medical Group, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services and Routh Street Women's Clinic. In Fort Worth, those providers are Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services, West Side Clinic and Whole Woman's Health.
Of the 42 facilities in Texas currently providing abortions, five are ambulatory surgical centers. In addition to the one in Dallas, there are two in Houston and one each in Austin and San Antonio.
There are no facilities in Northeast Texas that provide abortions.
The cities of Beaumont, College Station, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Harlingen, Killeen, Lubbock, McAllen, Midland, San Angelo and Waco all have one abortion-providing facility that is not an ambulatory surgical center.