SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Planned Parenthood will open a $5 million abortion clinic in San Antonio that adheres to strict new standards adopted last year by Texas lawmakers, according to an official with the organization.
Planned Parenthood South Texas President and CEO Jeffrey Hons said at a fundraising event Monday that the facility will follow new ambulatory surgical standards.
He says $3.5 million has been raised so far for construction.
An estimated 16 clinics across the state have closed since the new law went into effect, according to the San Antonio Express-News (http://bit.ly/OWj7 ). Additional clinics are expected to close in the coming months.
The law includes a stipulation that clinic doctors have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
Critics of the law say women's access to legal abortions has been severely limited. The Rio Grande Valley, for example, is now without a clinic.
"For those women who will have to scrape together the money for the bus ride from the Rio Grande Valley or Odessa or San Angelo, we will be there for her," Hons said at the event, which included a talk by actress Diane Keaton.
Women seeking abortions make up "just a very small number of all our clients," Hons told the audience of 1,300.
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