Planned Parenthood Will Open a New Dallas Abortion Clinic to Clear Texas' New Hurdles

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Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
The yet-to-open clinic.
Planned Parenthood plans to open a new clinic in southern Dallas that will meet the stringent requirements imposed on abortion providers by the state of Texas, ensuring that Dallas has at least one clinic that can perform abortions under the new rules.

The regulations, which were passed in the Wendy Davis-filibustered Senate Bill 5 and take effect this fall, require any clinic wishing to provide the procedure to be a certified ambulatory surgical center. The requirements include specific sizes for rooms and doorways, separate locker rooms for male and female employees as well as backup generators and an air sterilization system. Of the 21 Texas health service providers that perform abortions, seven, including the new Planned Parenthood, will meet the new standards.

Numerous medical organizations have said that the standards are unnecessary. The statement excerpted below, issued by The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in opposition to SB5, is representative:

For example, the bills would require physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, allowing abortions only in surgical clinics and setting a higher standard than for other procedures with similar low risk such as colonoscopy. The fact is that abortion is one of the safest medical procedures. The risk of complications from abortion is minimal, with less than 0.5% of abortions involving major complications.

Sarah Wheat, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas' Vice President for Community Affairs, says the restrictions don't do anything but make it harder for women to access health care.

"It's a new strategy by anti-choice groups," she says. "It's not necessary for the safety of our patients, but it's a real challenge to construct and to operate an ambulatory surgical center."

The new facility, located in South Dallas, was purchased by Planned Parenthood as part of a plan to maintain health-care access for women despite the new restrictions. Other parts of the plan include providing money for birth control and travel for women who can no longer easily get to clinics, as well as renovating existing Planned Parenthoods, Wheat says.

The new clinic isn't scheduled to open until the staff is moved to the new location sometime next month. Eventually it will handle all Planned Parenthood-provided abortions in the city. The organization's current Dallas provider, on Greenville Avenue, does not meet the ambulatory surgery center requirements.

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TominAustin
TominAustin

This is going to twist a few holy-roller tails.

cait48
cait48

Now watch the forced birthers' heads explode because PP is (GASP!) following the law.

magickalthoughts
magickalthoughts

So that ten year old who got pregnant because a male decided to use her as a sex toy shouldn't have access to an abortion, even though carrying the child to full term would kill her because her little body isn't developed?

Rooster0620
Rooster0620

As I read through the comments, I can't help but wonder who's more nuts, the abortion/anti-abortion whackos or the PETA whackos.

It is possible to let your passion for a certain subject turn into blind unreasonable rage...

dingo
dingo

The only political advocates that are truly pro-choice are the anarchists.

MayHemm
MayHemm

I say we replace VIAGRA with SALT PETER, and start giving boys as young as 8 VASECTOMIES!  Frankly THAT and THAT alone will stop this bullshit in the first place. It's not fair that women who don't or won't or Can't take that stupid cancerous pill are SUBJECTED TO THIS SHITTY TREATMENT when the majority of all unwanted children are due to useless pricks with FERTILITY! Stop the SPERM you stop the PROBLEM! BAM!  Bitch on that a little you fucking idiot pro lifers, then tell me how many children you RAPE IN A YEAR. Most pro lifers are that way because without children they have no VICTIMS..don't fucking lie! 

laa2005
laa2005

Because God forbid you actually have to think about the consequences of your actions. In 2014 you do not have to get pregnant if you don't want to. I'm not talking about the obvious reasons. I'm talking about the girls who use it as a form of birth control. Quit F'ing! If anything, don't ya feel better knowing they set standards for it?

Sarah O'
Sarah O'

I can't WAIT to see these judgmental, bored jerks show up to this Planned Parenthood and yell at the girls I went to school with. South Dallas doesn't tolerate bullshit. Go ahead and pull up in your Lexus and get your snooty hypocritical ass kicked. Bet you just don't have the guts. If you're smart, you don't.

TominAustin
TominAustin

This is going to twist a few tails in TX.

ThePoster
ThePoster

@Rooster0620  Don't forget about mindless Christian rednecks who give blow jobs to truckers before going home to their wives.

Threeboys
Threeboys

You forget that keeping your legs crossed is voluntary (mostly).

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@laa2005  "...talking about the girls who use it as a form of birth control."-Studies show that that has never been done. You must provide proof to be taken seriously. I will only accept proof in the form of name, phone number, social security, etc...just to make sure you're not lying. But you are, so you can't find the proof.

TexMarine
TexMarine

South Dallas doesn't tolerate bullshit? How do you account for your lives?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Sara O'

Bet there's cops in S Dallas sworn to protect Constitutional rights.

mommy2elf
mommy2elf

@DonkeyHotay @magickalthoughts By that logic, it's God's will that the medical technology behind abortions came to be; therefore, it's God's will that some number of abortions occur.

mommy2elf
mommy2elf

@Threeboys Um, no.  As a married woman I'm pretty sure my husband would take exception to that.  

As far as single women and the"keeping their legs together" thing, isn't that a bit misogynistic?  I mean, you're saying that men of all ages, races, and marital situations are free to have as much sex as they can get, but women can only have sex if they're married and ready to have babies?

And for the record, having babies too close together is the reason birth control pills were created... it can kill the mother either immediately or over time, or can cause uterine prolapse.

cantwejustgetalong
cantwejustgetalong

@ghkyluhhje @laa2005 "never been done"...as many abortions that occur your telling me that NONE have ever been done as a form of birth control!?! That is what abortion is...birth control. You are controlling birth by deciding not to give birth! And it HAS been done! Her name is Angel, she lives in Texas and has had 5 abortions (that I know of) and even had one less than 2 months after giving birth of ONE of the LIVES she decided to keep. Why don't you call an abortion clinic and ask them for the ignorant proof you need. Show ME proof! Show me the studies that show that "abortions as form of birth control has NEVER been done." 

laa2005
laa2005

Are you kidding me? How about the woman I personally know that have? My parents raised me as pro-choice and no matter how they slice it's wrong. So please tell me what's wrong with setting standards.

ThePoster
ThePoster

@TexMarine  Cool dickweed.  Came come up with a rational retort to you resort to 4th grade put downs.  What a fucked up tool for twerps.  Now put your hand back up your ass and abort another.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@TexMarine Being pompous doesn't make you right.  Get south of 30 and step out of your monster truck, turn down the Molly Hatchet, and actually look around.

"Our lives" are pretty damn good down here in the southern half of the county.

Threeboys
Threeboys

@mommy2elf

Um, no.  What I am saying is that most, not all, but most of the sex that leads to abortion is voluntary, on both parties parts, both man and woman.  Not misogynistic, fact.


As for having babies too close together, don't have unprotected sex that soon after having a baby.  Rubbers are cheap.


ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@cantwejustgetalong "'never been done'...as many abortions that occur your (sic) telling me that NONE have ever been done as a form of birth control!?!"


-Yes, and that has been documented as fact. By the way, not knowing when to use your/you're has already been discussed here. If you can't spell, your intelligence is not high enough to understand this issue.



"That is what abortion is...birth control. You are controlling birth by deciding not to give birth!"


-Quite literalist, but I will concede only that point.


"And it HAS been done! Her name is Angel, she lives in Texas and has had 5 abortions (that I know of) and even had one less than 2 months after giving birth of ONE of the LIVES she decided to keep."


-And someone has also dropped down every chimney in the world-his name is Santa Claus. No, seriously.


"Why don't you call an abortion clinic and ask them for the ignorant proof you need. Show ME proof! Show me the studies that show that 'abortions as form of birth control has NEVER been done.'"


-No need. Seeing as how your claims are based on silly assumptions about the lives of people you don't know, I have no need to prove my case.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@laa2005  "Are you kidding me? How about the woman (sic) I personally know that have?"


-Without proof, your lie does not sway me. Also, learn to spell "women". You look like a tool.


"My parents raised me as pro-choice and no matter how they slice it's wrong. So please tell me what's wrong with setting standards."


-You have no standards, that is the problem. Besides being immoral, you are a liar.

mommy2elf
mommy2elf

@ThePoster @TexMarine Obviously you don't know how an abortion works if you can say "Now put your hand back up your ass and abort another".


Or do you also think anal sex causes anal pregnancy?

mommy2elf
mommy2elf

@DonkeyHotay @mommy2elf @magickalthoughts Just wanted to say I wasn't in any way disagreeing with you.  :)  The religious right wants to ascribe Godliness to all things good but all things they perceive as bad are the fault of man.  Well, if all knowledge comes from God, so too does anything that is the result of that knowledge. 

Hot.Sauce
Hot.Sauce topcommenter

If men got pregnant abortions would be available for free at every gas station and liquor store.

mommy2elf
mommy2elf

@Threeboys @mommy2elf The way you wrote what you wrote [You forget that keeping your legs crossed is voluntary (mostly)]  and your explanation appear to be contradictory.  After all, only women can prevent pregnancy by "keeping their legs together"; men are perfectly capable of having sex with their legs closed, as well as impregnating a woman in that position.


As far as the second part, my son was a condom and my daughter [conceived six months after his birth] was birth control pills.  Don't make assumptions.  

And I'm pretty sure I'm not one-in-a-million, either.  For example, among the poorest condoms are frequently used.  Considering the CDC last year declared that condoms have a 15% failure rate, I'm sure there are lots more women who had an unexpected bundle of drag-me-deeper-into-poverty joy.


laa2005
laa2005

It happens.. And I sleep like a rock at night. What's wrong with having 7 clinics that meet the new standards?

Threeboys
Threeboys

@mommy2elf

So if your failed condom son and failed birth control daughter weren't wanted, thus the birth control, and you are obviously pro abortion, why didn't you abort them?

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@laa2005  "It happens.. And I sleep like a rock at night."


-Hitler slept like a rock too...at least his grammar wasn't atrocious.


"What's wrong with having 7 clinics that meet the new standards?"


-I'm not even sure what you're babbling on about now.

mommy2elf
mommy2elf

@Threeboys I am pro-choice, not pro-abortion.  You are implying [wrongly] that all pro-choice individuals actively and automatically abort any unexpected or unwanted fetus.  That is a fallacy most pro-lifers employ as a way of discrediting pro-choicers.

I am not advocating to have an abortion; I am advocating for my RIGHT to choose for myself whether to abort or not.  I am advocating for the basic human right to control my own body, and for other women to control their own.  

And as to my children, they were unexpected but not unwanted.  No child is a mistake, but they can be accidents.

lordoftheflies86
lordoftheflies86

Ghkyluhhje

You are such a troll! Do you actually get off on trying to make people feel stupid? If it upsets you that killing unborn children is losing it's popularity, then you should start killing them the old fashioned way. You liberal POS! Don't speak of ones grammar with a name like GHKYLUHHJE, you douche.

laa2005
laa2005

I'm grateful that your mom didn't have the same idea so we could have this conversation today. The whole article is about how only seven of the twenty one clinics meet the new standards.

ThePoster
ThePoster

@lordoftheflies86  This is the douchiest comment ever....IF it upset you that killing unborn children is losing popularity"........

This is what happen when people live in the sticks and never get out.  Jackass bullshit.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@lordoftheflies86 

"You are such a troll!"


-Why thank you.


"Do you actually get off on trying to make people feel stupid?'


No, I just laugh at the stupidity of your kind.


"If it upsets you that killing unborn children is losing it's (sic) popularity, then you should start killing them the old fashioned way. You liberal POS! Don't speak of ones (sic) grammar with a name like GHKYLUHHJE, you douche."


-As a conservative, you supported the war in Iraq, which killed not only innocent children, but adults as well. By the way, your poor grammar belies your lack of intelligence. There's only one POS here, and you have made it clear that you are the POS.

veruszetec
veruszetec

@lordoftheflies86 "You are such a troll!" "You liberal POS!"

The sad thing is, the irony is probably lost on someone as stupid as you.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@laa2005  "I'm grateful that your mom didn't have the same idea so we could have this conversation today."-too bad your mother did not abort you. You're simply wasting our air here.

lordoftheflies86
lordoftheflies86

Veruszetec

Cool man. I'm sure your such an honor roll student yourself! Glad you could chime in and pick me apart.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@lordoftheflies86  "Cool man. I'm sure your (sic) such an honor roll student yourself! Glad you could chime in and pick me apart."


-If you can't tell the difference between "your" and "you're", you really shouldn't be on this forum. You have to be literate to handle this complex issue.

cantwejustgetalong
cantwejustgetalong

@ghkyluhhje @lordoftheflies86 Are you kidding? Since when does grammar dictate whether you should or should not voice your opinion in a forum? Put your talent to work...go grade spelling tests for teachers! 


ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@cantwejustgetalong  "Are you kidding? Since when does grammar dictate whether you should or should not voice your opinion in a forum?"


-When it's a clear sign of a deficient intellect.


"Put your talent to work...go grade spelling tests for teachers!"


Actually, I put my talent to work by vanquishing idiots like yourself, for the betterment of our nation. I bring morality to you immoral souls. 

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