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In the last year, abortion clinics across the state have closed as a result of strict abortion regulations 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. After a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Thursday, there will be just eight abortion clinics authorized to perform the procedure.
That ruling allows the state — at least temporarily — to enforce 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. Meanwhile, the constitutionality of those measures remains under appeal.
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 remain open but no longer perform 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 will remain open now that the admitting privileges and ambulatory surgical center rules may be enforced. 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.