As abortion legislation nears approval at the Capitol, those on opposing sides of the issue continue to debate whether tougher regulations are needed to improve patient safety.
An American-Statesman review of state data shows that women rarely die from abortions in Texas. Pregnancy and childbirth were 34 times more likely than an abortion to result in a woman’s death, according to data from 2000 through 2011 compiled by the Department of State Health Services.
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This is the last of three in-depth reports examining issues beyond the rhetoric of the Texas abortion debate.
Saturday: Andrea Ball examined abortion legislation in other states.
Wednesday: Laylan Copelin reported on the economics of the abortion industry and bill opponents’ claim that clinics will close.
Today: Mary Ann Roser examines the safety record of abortion clinics as bill supporters say that patient safety is their goal.
Complete coverage, photo galleries and videos: statesman.com/abortiondebate