AUSTIN (TEXAS TRIBUNE) — Texas lawmakers are on track in the second special session to approve House Bill 2 and Senate Bill 1 — omnibus abortion legislation.
The bills would ban abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization; require doctors performing abortions to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the facility; require doctors to administer abortions inducing drug RU-486 in person, rather than allowing women to take it at home; and require abortions — even drug-induced ones — to be performed in ambulatory surgical centers.
The maps below show how many abortions women living in each county received from 2006 to 2010, and the abortion rate (number of abortions per 1,000 women, aged 15 to 44), according to the Department of State Health Services. Many women must travel long distances to reach one of the state's 42 facilities that perform abortions. We've marked abortion facilities that currently meet the proposed ambulatory surgical center standards in yellow and the remaining clinics that don't in blue.
See the Texas Tribune's map here.