SB 2305, which will be sent to the governor for his signature by this Thursday, places unnecessary conditions on providers of safe abortion care in a blatant effort to close the Red River Women’s Clinic, the last remaining provider in the state.
Without Red River, people seeking safe abortion care will incur much higher costs in terms of travel and time away from family and work to seek safe abortion care in another state. It may even force them to postpone an abortion until later in their pregnancy when it becomes more difficult.
The bill’s sponsors say they’re looking out for patient safety by requiring abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges. Local hospitals won’t approve these privileges for Red River because the rates of complications are so low that they don’t even meet the hospitals’ minimum requirement of needing to refer 10 patients a year. The truth is that longer wait times and later term abortions are the real patient safety threat.
To sum up, SB 2305 will shut down the Red River Women’s Clinic for being too safe a place to get one of the safest medical procedures there is.
Tell Gov. Dalrymple to remember that he has a duty to protect the rights and well-being of all the citizens of his state, even if they are women or just have the ability to get pregnant, and veto SB 2305.
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