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Abortion debate: Will bill close clinics?

By Laylan Copelin - American-Statesman Staff

As the Legislature prepares to increase dramatically the standards for abortion clinics, the two sides disagree on whether clinics would shutter their doors and the number of abortions in Texas would plummet.

The debate over the economics of abortion is largely anecdotal, but this isn’t the first time that Texas has changed its abortion standards. In 2003, as part of the Woman’s Right to Know law, the Legislature mandated that pregnancies at or beyond 16 weeks of gestation must be ended at ambulatory surgical centers rather than at abortion clinics.

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