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3 Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas to close

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Thursday, Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards said the bill Governor Perry signed into law makes a terrible situation for women's health even worse.

They announced that three of their Texas clinics will be closing by the end of August.

That's the clinics in Bryan, Huntsville and Lufkin.

Thursday we spoke with Sarah Wheat, a representative for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas.

She says only the Bryan clinic does abortions so the other two were directly impacted by budget cuts to women's health in a previous legislative session. 

She says there are likely more closings on the way with estimates of as many as 30 health centers across the state not just Planned Parenthood closing due to the restrictive law.

Wheat says their fight is not over because many feel parts of the law are unconstitutional.

"We always want to protect our patients and their ability to get the private medical decisions and care that they need. So we're gonna be looking closely at this new law and wherever it violates women's constitutional rights we will be part of making sure this goes to the courthouse and that we can stand up and protect our patients," Wheat said.

Just when the protests at the Capitol might be starting to die down it looks like many more might be on the way as a brand new bill was introduced in the house today.

House Bill 59 restricts abortions when there's a heartbeat which is about six weeks. The bill signed into law Thursday restricts them after 20.

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