Only Valley abortion clinic allowed to stay open despite state restrictions

Abortion providers want the strict new Texas regulations to be placed on hold until the U.S Supreme Court reviews their latest challenge.

The request was made to the same federal appeals court that has upheld abortion restrictions approved by lawmakers for the last two years.

The court of appeals ruled Tuesday that Texas can require clinics to meet hospital level operating standards. If the law does take effect in July, there will be fewer than ten abortion clinics in the state. However, the court did make an exception for the Whole Woman's Health Clinic in McAllen, which is the only abortion clinic still open in the Rio Grande Valley.

The ruling affirmed that Texas could impose various restrictions on abortion clinics passed by Texas Legislators in 2013.

If the clinic were to close its doors, the nearest abortion provider would be in San Antonio.

"Just think about how many people in the entire Valley are going to want to come to this one hospital. It TMs just ridiculous," said Ashley Rojas, a pro-abortion rights advocate. If someone wants an abortion, they have a limited time span when it TMs safe. What if they don TMt have that time frame? What if they have to be on a waiting list? Then they are starting to show, and they are already to a point where it TMs unsafe for everyone."

At this time, we are still analyzing the decision to see if the relief granted to Whole Woman's Health of McAllen will allow us to keep our doors open, a response posted on Whole Woman's Health blog states.

Some would like to see the McAllen clinic close its doors.

"Babies will continue to die here at this clinic because they decided this was too far from San Antonio, and it should remain open," said Ruben Rosales who was praying outside of Whole Woman TMs Health in McAllen.

"Pray for the babies that have no voice. We pray for them, and we pray for the mothers that God will give them the necessary grace to decide otherwise," Rosales said adding he is not a protester.

He wanted to spark the discussion to inform pregnant women that there is help and other alternatives, he said.

"Either here or at the pregnancy center, (women) show us their baby and thank us for having been here and convinced them otherwise. That TMs why I TMm here," Rosales said.

Rojas and Mona Salazar said it TMs hard to put oneself in someone else's shoes.

They feel all women should be able to make the best decision for themselves by having the option to not only choose what to do with their own bodies, but by also having the right to plan and decide when they would like to start a family.

"There are situations where even in America, when (women) who are raped aren TMt given the opportunity. The child, obviously, (the mother) will love them, but it TMs not the same. That TMs not the whole point of having a child, Rojas said.

You have to have (kids) when it TMs right," said Salazar.