AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards says her organization has no immediate plans to build more abortion clinics in Texas, where only eight abortion facilities may remain if strict new regulations take effect from July 1.
Richards said Saturday that even if they built additional clinics that meet new standards upheld this month by a federal appeals court, finding doctors who have hospital admitting privileges could be challenging.
Texas had 41 abortion clinics in 2012. More than half closed when a court allowed the admitting-privileges requirement to take effect last year.
Another wave of closures is imminent unless the U.S. Supreme Court halts new mandates that require Texas abortion clinics to be constructed like surgical centers.
Richards didn't rule out more Texas clinics but said none are immediately in the pipeline.