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Abortion clinics across the state have closed as a result of strict regulations on the procedure approved in 2013 by the Republican-led Texas Legislature. In August 2013, before the rules took effect, there were 40 licensed abortion providers in Texas.
By October 2014, the number of licensed abortion facilities able to perform the procedure had dropped to eight. On Tuesday, a ruling by the three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the state to continue enforcing the requirements that doctors performing abortions have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of a clinic, and that clinics meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers.
Use the map below to see how the number of licensed abortion facilities in Texas has changed because of the new regulations. Abortion clinics are marked in teal and ambulatory surgical centers that perform abortions are marked in yellow. The clinics that remained open as of March 2014 but no longer performed the procedure have hollow markers.
The map shows where licensed abortion facilities were located in August 2013, before the legislation took effect; the facilities that were open as of March 2014, when this project was originally produced; and the facilities that remained open as of October 2014, when a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling allowed the state to enforce the admitting privileges and ambulatory surgical center rules. Roll over the facilities to see details about their location and history.
This story was produced with the support of the Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism, a program of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism's California Endowment for Health Journalism Fellowships, and in partnership with Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy research and communication organization not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
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