First Medical Doctor in Texas Suspended Under New Abortion Law
Texas officials have shut down a Houston abortion clinic and its doctor under a new state law requiring physicians who perform the procedure to hold admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
The Department of State Health Services has revoked the abortion license of A Affordable Women’s Medical Center and the Texas Medical Board has temporarily suspended the medical license of Dr. Theodore M. HerringJr., the facility’s medical director and sole provider of abortions, the agencies announced Friday.
Herring unlawfully performed 268 abortions between Nov. 6 and Feb. 7, according to the two agencies.
The disciplinary actions against the north Houston clinic and doctor were the first taken by state authorities since the law went into effect Nov. 1. The law requires abortion clinic doctors to have privileges at a hospital that provides obstetrical or gynecological services and is within 30 miles of the facility where they provide the procedure.