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One El Paso Abortion clinic stops abortions as law reinstated
By: Joshua Zuber
EL PASO, Texas -- A law which forces abortion clinics in Texas to preform procedures in a hospital or have their own surgery suite gets the green light by a federal judge Thursday night.
A representative with Reproductive Services of El Paso says as of today they can no longer terminate pregnancies.
But right down the street at Hill Top Women's Clinic, they can.
It's because the new law requires the doctor doing the procedure to have hospital admitting privileges.
It's a law that was blocked on Monday but unblocked Thursday night by a federal appeals court after an emergency appeal was filed.
What that means is a doctor in one of these clinics must be certified to perform the abortion in an operating room of a hospital within 30 miles, or have its own operating suite.
One doctor operating the Hill Top Women's clinic already has those privileges.
Reproductive Services of El Paso says the doctor they contract with is still seeking those privileges, and until then, they must stop terminating pregnancies.
The clinic plans by next week to contract with a new doctor with those admitting privileges.
"It's devastating but not unexpected. I just didn't imagine it would be on an emergency level," Reproductive Services Administrative Executive Gerri Laster said.
Those in support of the new law told KFOX 14 it is a good idea for women's health.
"You don't think it's fair? That the girls have this? Over here, they don't have emergency things, just perform abortions," Jovita Nevarez of East El Paso said.
Laster said the cost of an abortion is expect to go up from about $540 to about $2000 if they have to construct a surgical clinic by this time next year.
The procedure could be even higher if they have to perform the procedure in a hospital's operating room.