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Former board member says latest law had no effect on shutdown

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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:00 am

With the recent ruling by a federal district judge to block key provisions of Texas’ new abortion law, the Midland Planned Parenthood location will remained closed.

In fact, the bill passed by the Texas Legislature during their second special session this year had nothing to do with the location’s closure in September, board member Carl Moore said.

“It wasn’t the abortion ruling, it was Rick Perry taking away the women’s health program,” Moore said.

In 2012, Officials with the Department of Health and Human Services stated it would cut off all Medicaid funding for family planning to the state after Perry's implemented a new law that excluded Planned Parenthood from the Texas’ Medicaid Women's Health Program.

 “We’ve been hearing women who are frustrated because they can’t find it (healthcare) and we’ve been hearing some hospitals who are trying to maintain the new patients,” Moore said.

In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed a House Bill 2, which puts tighter restrictions on abortions; such as banning all abortions after 20 weeks, physicians who provide abortions will need hospital privileges within 30 miles, and off-label use of drugs would be prohibited.

District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that the Texas Legislature could dictate how doctors administer abortion-inducing drugs. But blocked a new drug requirement because he said it failed to allow doctors to adjust treatment in order to best protect the health of women taking it, the Associated Press reported.

Because of the injunction, West Texas woman who are looking to get an abortion will have to travel to Lubbock.

A spokeswoman with the clinic in Lubbock confirmed the clinic was open, but directed all media calls to a media contact who was out of the office for the rest of the week.

While there was an abortion clinic in Midland under Planned Parenthood, Moore said he was on the board over the woman’s health clinic.  The abortion clinic, he added, was run by different board members.

Moore said he hopes the offices in Odessa and Midland would open soon, but said if it did, it would be in new buildings.

“If by any chance we’re able to open, it would be a brand new Planned Partenthood with a different board,” Moore said. “This one has been officially closed.”

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