Texas abortion law could send women across borders

Updated: 08/12/2014 2:19 PM | Created: 08/12/2014 2:15 PM
By: The Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A sweeping Texas anti-abortion law that would ban the procedure at 18 clinics statewide is putting attention on one facility in New Mexico.

A federal judge Wednesday will hear closing arguments in a trial that could leave just seven abortion facilities in Texas after Sept. 1. Among the clinics that wouldn't meet new operating standards is the only abortion provider in El Paso.

If the law takes effect, El Paso women would face a 550-mile trip to the nearest place in Texas to legally terminate a pregnancy. But attorneys for the state have argued in Austin that there's a nearby clinic in New Mexico they could use.

Texas Republicans say the new restrictions are necessary to protect women's health. Opponents say the law is an effort to curb abortions.

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