AUSTIN, Texas — A University of Texas study indicates that more than 22,200 Texas women would be prevented from obtaining an abortion in the next year if stricter regulations go into effect this month.
The study results, submitted to federal court this week by abortion providers seeking to block the regulations, was conducted by UT’s Texas Policy Evaluation Project, a three-year collaboration that looks at state laws affecting reproductive health.
A hearing on the request for a preliminary injunction is scheduled for Oct. 21. The rules — requiring abortion doctors to get admitting privileges in a nearby hospital and further regulating drug-induced abortions — take effect Oct. 29.
In a sworn declaration, UT sociology professor Joseph Potter said the inability of many abortion doctors to gain admitting privileges will force more than one-third of the state’s abortion clinics to close or stop offering the procedure. Several other clinics will have to “severely” cut services because some participating doctors have been unable to get admitting privileges.