Earlier this month, the Supreme Court temporarily blocked a tough Texas abortion law and allowed 13 of the state's abortion clinics to re-open. If the law had been allowed to go into effect, only eight clinics would have remained in the state, all of them in major cities. The law's fate is still up in the air, though, so the re-opened clinics may ultimately be forced to close again.
The law, HB2, required clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers and providers to gain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Most of the state's clinics don't meet those requirements and never will—either because it's prohibitively expensive to do the renovations or because there aren't enough hospitals in their vicinity.
In response to the Supreme Court's recent move, Greg Abbott, Texas’s attorney general and the state's Republican candidate for governor, defended the law by saying that “it is undisputed that the vast majority of Texas residents (more than 83 percent) still live within a comfortable driving distance (150 miles)”
That distance may be "comfortable" by some definitions, but it's also expensive.