New Dallas abortion clinic will comply with strict rules

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by SEBASTIAN ROBERTSON

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WFAA

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 15 at 7:57 PM

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DALLAS — Planned Parenthood confirmed Tuesday that it plans to open a facility in Dallas that will meet new strict abortion requirements established by Texas lawmakers.

In a written statement, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas president and CEO Ken Labrecht said the move is to protect their patients' access to reproductive health.

The new clinic is expected to open before the new regulations mandated by House Bill 2 go into effect. Among the changes HB2 brings:

  • doctors must have admitting privileges at a local hospital
  • clinics must meet ambulatory surgical center requirements

Anticipating the new law, Planned Parenthood has started a fund to help pay for the $2.3 million facility at 7989 West Virginia Drive, across from Charlton Methodist Hospital. The Building Our Future Fund is also going towards renovating existing facilities, and will even cover travel expenses for women in rural communities.

“Planned Parenthood is incredibly grateful to Dallas-area donors and supporters who have made generous contributions and continue to invest in Planned Parenthood's commitment to our communities,” Labrecht said.

Those who are in favor of the tight regulations point to the success of HB2, and the fact that many clinics across the state are closing.

In Dallas, of the four current licensed abortion facilities, only one meets the new requirements. Planned Parenthood’s new facility makes it two.

“The purpose of the law was to improve standards for women — women getting abortions," said Karen Garnett of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee. "Abortionists who don’t have local admitting privileges shouldn’t be doing abortions."

Two months ago, The Northpark Medical Group became the first Dallas abortion clinic to close following the passing of House Bill 2. A source close to the clinic told News 8 they were unable to secure hospital admitting privileges, one of the requirements of the new state law.

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