Federal Court Effectively Shuts Down 13 Texas Abortion Clinics

A federal court upheld a Texas law Tuesday that could shut down more than half of the state’s abortion clinics, leaving just eight standing.

The 2013 law requires all Texas abortion clinics to meet the same building, equipment and staffing standards as hospital-style surgical centers, and it requires doctors who perform abortions to gain admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic.

Owners of some of the 13 abortion clinics the law could force to shut down, as well as other abortion activists, sued Texas over the law, saying it will prevent women from exercising their “right” to end the life of an unborn child.