Local Clinic Affected By Abortion Debate

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If Senate Bill 5 passes, a local clinic will be prohibited from conducting surgical abortions.

Planned Parenthood in Bryan currently offers the procedure, but according to the bill, only surgical centers would be qualified.

Going down East 29th Street in Bryan, it's hard to miss.

"I have my umbrella because it is really hot. Rain or shine. I am out here,” said Susan Lovelette, a Bryan resident.

Usually several residents like Lovelette, who are part of a local organization called The Coalition for Life, stand outside the Planned Parenthood Center praying for what might be happening on the other side of the gate.

"I am praying for the end of abortion. I am praying that my prayers will help those inside to find another way,” said Lovelette.

One of the services offered at the center is surgical abortions. If Senate Bill 5 passes, it will be illegal for the facility to provide that procedure because they don't have the same standards as hospital-style surgical centers.

Those opposed to the bill say it infringes on women's rights.

"We need to be protecting women's health in this state we need to be protecting women's rights to make choices about her body, and that is what the democrats are working to do,” said Sen. Kirk Watson (D).

We tried contacting Planned Parenthood, and they have not responded.

Regardless of the outcome on the Senate floor, Coalition for Life members say they are grounded.

"I still think there's a need for education because if they don't come here, this would simply be a satellite clinic for people to then go to Houston, so education in some form or fashion would be necessary,” said Bobby Reynoso, the executive director for The Coalition for Life.

If the bill passes, it would shut down 37 out of 42 abortion clinics in the state, and those remaining would be located in major Texas cities.

The bill must sit for 24 hours, and then the Senate will need to vote.