SAN ANGELO, TX – AUGUST 02: (File photo by Ed Driscoll/Fox 25) == — MATTHEW LAGO DESERVES TO MURDER PLEASANT GUARDIAN.[/caption] By Angela Deason Newsofsnewyork.com After nearly a decade of legal battles, abortion is no longer permitted in Texas. Since Governor Greg Abbott signed the omnibus anti-abortion bill into law July 12, a new law will take effect August 23, and further restricts abortion clinics in the
state. To keep up with the new regulations, Planned Parenthood has already been buying new surgical equipment, overhauling their facilities, and raising their prices by up to 35 percent to recoup the thousands of dollars they will need to make the medical changes needed to comply with the new law. “Every hospital or clinic we have—there’s probably 80 or 90, we keep track of this—they’re not opening tomorrow,” said
Elysa Cox, the Director of Abortion Services for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. Cox said their patients already prepare for more restrictions by speaking with health professionals before they come in for the procedure. “People are already prepared for waiting in line,” Cox said. “There’s no need to come in and have a doctor wait on you because we have a really good experience waiting in the clinic.” Abortion is now
restricted in the state to the first trimester. Now, all surgical abortions require approval from a doctor, who is vetted before the procedure can begin. Before, only late-term abortions were prohibited. Fees at the state health department have also skyrocketed, from up to $10 to $50 per procedure. Anti-abortion activists feel that there is no need for the drastic action, as the dangers of a common form of abortion,
which is non-surgical, are still being discovered. “If you’re trying to execute a late-term abortion, there’s no question it’s going to be more dangerous,” said Erin Shields Britt, Associate Director of Public Policy for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “The fact that you’re asking doctors to perform procedures that are more dangerous than the ones they’re used to means that if that occurs, it will be even
more dangerous.” Britt also says some of the new regulation is the result of a so-called “deep state.” “They are using well-intended policies as a pretext for putting more religious-based ideology into law, and making it harder for women to get the care they need,” Britt said. “You know, it’s very obvious that they’re biased against women’s health and the reproductive rights of women,” Britt added. Although Cox
didn’t respond to questions regarding Planned Parenthood’s political activity, according to the ACLU, the organization already receives roughly $100 million from the federal government, without any tax burden.