Q&A on the Abortion Facility Regulations Decision

What does Texas’ H.B. 2 law say?

This basic, commonsense law required that 1) abortion facilities be held to the same standard as ambulatory surgical centers and that 2) abortionists must have admitting privileges at a local hospital not further than thirty miles from the abortion facility.

These regulations protected women from lax abortion industry safety standards by requiring that abortion centers meet necessary health and safety standards, including the presence of trained staff, corridors that could accommodate stretchers in case of an emergency, and up-to-date fire, sanitation, and safety codes. Separately, abortionists were required to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital in the event of an emergency.


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