Facing New State Restrictions, 3 Abortion Clinics Close
Whole Woman’s Health said Thursday it is closing two of its five Texas clinics — in McAllen and Beaumont — after doctors were unable to secure hospital-admitting privileges under an abortion law passed by the Texas Legislature last year.
With the McAllen clinic closed, the Rio Grande Valley is left without an abortion provider for the first time in decades, making San Antonio or Corpus Christi the nearest cities for many along the border, a two- to four-hour drive at the least. A third, independently owned abortion clinic in Harlingen, closed last week.
“When the Texas Legislature convened not one but two special sessions in order to pass a bill that would require that all abortion providers adhere to medically unnecessary regulations and hospital-admitting privileges, they said they were concerned about women’s health,” Whole Woman’s Health CEO Hagstrom Miller said during a telephone news conference. “They lied.”