Did Texas clinic perform illegal abortions ? Will they now close?
A majority of abortion clinics in Texas were forced to close Friday after the U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit ruled that House Bill 2 (HB 2) can be fully implemented while a lawsuit against two of its provisions is pending in appeals court.
The pro-life law required clinics in the state to be ambulatory surgical centers, something the majority of Texas abortion clinics were not in compliance with.
But, one abortion clinic in El Paso failed to get the memo and may be in violation of the law.
According to KFOX, Hilltop was the only abortion clinic left in El Paso and continued to perform the procedure two days after the court said it couldn’t.
KFOX14 reached out to the state’s Attorney General’s office to see if the abortions performed after the ruling would be considered illegal but those messages have not been returned.
A spokesperson with the Texas Department of State Health Services told KFOX14, “We’ve notified the clinic that they are not exempt from the law and they agreed to stop providing services. There was miscommunication on our part Friday that led them to believe they were exempt.”
KFOX14 reports that Hilltop believed their clinic was exempt from the state law based on a previous court ruling.
According to the website, Abortiondocs.org, the abortionist at Hilltop is, Franz C. Theard.
Would he be in trouble with the medical board if he is performing illegal abortions?
The reporter says that Hilltop did not have an exemption and must stop performing abortions but has stated that they will remain open.
In 2007, Hill Top Women’s Reproductive Clinic was assessed an administrative penalty of $5,350.00 and 12 months probated suspension of license for numerous severe health code violations.
To be continued….