AUSTIN, Texas —
Rep. Jody Laubenberg, R-Parker, insisted the bill is intended "to protect the health and safety of every woman who undergoes an abortion." Under questioning from Farrar, she refused to answer whether the state had any data to show that women needed the additional regulations.
Only five out of 42 clinics in Texas qualify as ambulatory surgical centers and they are located only in major metropolitan areas. Other Republicans have acknowledged that the ultimate goal is to shutter abortion clinics.