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(KYTX) - Julie Wood is a Tyler sonographer who has been fighting most of her life to put an end to abortion.

"I know there's always a lot of unwanted pregnancies, but there's never an unwanted child," said Wood.

She was excited Thursday morning to find out the heavily debated abortion bill had finally become law.

"I want to really thank our legislators for taking a strong stand on this," said Wood.

CBS 19 spoke to East Texas Representative Matt Schaefer from the house floor.

"It woke Texans up. I haven't seen an issue wake them up in a lifetime," said Schaefer.

He says the East Texans who traveled to the state capitol in support of the bill sent a message to lawmakers.

"It was just tremendous. People all over the capitol were saying, I keep seeing people from East Texas all over this place," added Schaefer.

The new law not only bans abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy and dictates when abortion-inducing drugs can be taken, but it also requires abortion clinic doctors to have hospital admitting privileges.

Opponents say most abortion clinics can't meet the new requirements and will have to shut down.

"The major medical association, the Texas Hospital Association, they were all opposed to this legislation, claiming it was not necessary to improve women's health, and in fact, it would be detrimental to women's health," said Kelly Hart, Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast announced Thursday it will close clinics in Lufkin, Bryan, and Huntsville because of state budget cuts to women's health care services.

The Bryan clinic is the only one that performs abortions.

Planned Parenthood says while the shut down is not a direct result of the law, the law is another example of the state attacking women's health care options.

"So, this is just insult on top of injury," said Hart.

But for others, it's a step in the right direction.

"Hopefully, the rest of the country will follow suit," said Wood.

Under the new law, abortion clinics have until September 2014 to comply with the surgical-center standards.

Abortion rights advocates say the new law would require costly renovations and force a majority of the states clinics to shut down.

 

 

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