DALLAS (September 5, 2013)--Four Texas abortion clinics are preparing to close in the coming months as a result of stricter requirements imposed by a new state law regulating abortion.
One of the main obstacles the clinics face is a requirement that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at local hospitals.
Clinics will close in Bryan, Harlingen, San Angelo and Midland.
Two others closed earlier this year.
Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and CEO of Whole Woman's Health, says she's heard of three more clinics that are also planning to close.
The state currently has 37 licensed abortion clinics.
Supporters of the bill that the Legislature passed earlier this year argue that it ensures better health care for women, but opponents say it's intended to make abortions much more difficult to obtain.