POSTED: Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 10:35am
UPDATED: Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 3:00pm
HARLINGEN, TX (NEWS CENTER 23) — Most of the abortion restrictions in Texas are back in place after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a federal ruling.
That means that the vast majority of clinics throughout the state are once again faced with shutting down if they don't meet certain guidelines.
Getting an abortion at the Harlingen Reproductive services clinic is no longer an option for Rio Grande Valley women.
After Thursday's reinstatement of strict abortion laws in Texas. As of right now the general physician who performs those services out of the clinic, is still seeing patients on other health related matters.
"We saw patients, we did sonograms and counseling and we told the girls we don't know how things will be tomorrow."
He's still not totally convinced the fight over Texas abortion practices and guidelines is completely over, several lawsuits have been filed trying to challenge the stringent abortion laws that would forced to close."
Right now though, he's worried about his patients.
"I saw a couple girls this morning and i asked everyone of them, i told them the situation and i told them, what if you can't come tomorrow and you're forced to, what are you going to do? What's your next step going to be? and a significant number of them said they'd go to Mexico and seek some kind of alternative treatment."
That however, could be a dangerous move he says, being that abortions are illegal in the majority of the states there, unless there are very special circumstances.
For now, the doctor whose performed abortions out of this clinic for the last 30 years will return in the morning, hoping that eventually the strict abortion restrictions will be lifted.
The only other abortion clinic in the valley, whole woman's health clinic in McAllen.