Texas abortion legislation raises concerns

Health officials fear new ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy might force clinics to close in US state.

Last Modified: 03 Aug 2013 02:12
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There are concerns that the new ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in the US state of Texas could put women's lives at risk.

The legislation, among other things, requires abortion providers to upgrade their facilities. These are costly measures that critics say are unnecessary and could force clinics to close their doors for good.

Health officials fear that a black market in so-called 'abortion pills' could fill the gap - if clinics are forced to close.

Al Jazeera’s Andy Gallacher reports from Texas.


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