Court Cuts Texas Abortion Access

Most of the abortion clinics in Texas will be closed following a federal court ruling that upholds an anti-abortion law in the second largest state in the US. The law requires clinics to operate more like hospitals, which proponents say will make women more safe. Critics complain that the law will unfairly limit access to abortion. Texas currently has only 17 abortion providers - down from 40 in 2012 when Texas congressmen passed a law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The few clinics that will remain open now are mostly in major cities, and out of reach to residents in more rural parts of the vast southern state. Republican Governor Greg Abbott and other conservatives say the law introduces standards that protect women's health.