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July 17, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Abortion bill in Texas

Follow the money

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to supporters at Holt Cat, Monday, July 8. [AP Photo/Eric Gay.]

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to supporters at Holt Cat, Monday, July 8. [AP Photo/Eric Gay.]

Sunday’s newspaper carried a long article on the recently passed Texas abortion-restriction law. [“Abortion law in Texas may force risky choices,” page one, July 14.]

The article correctly noted that this will have a tremendous impact on women who are low-income. It noted that the new law, which bans abortions after 20 weeks, also requires that all abortions be performed in facilities that hold to “the same standards as hospital-style surgical centers.”

What it did not say is that Governor Gov. Rick Perry’s sister, Milla Perry Jones, is vice-president of government relations of United Surgical Partners International and is also on the board of the Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center Society. United Surgical Partners International is based in Addison, Texas, and it runs surgical centers co-owned by doctors, which will be some of the few centers that will legally be able to provide abortions under the new law.

While it is true that many low-income women will probably not be able to afford to have legal abortions in one of their facilities, United Surgical Partners International has the potential for a large increase in clients who will be able to afford to pay whatever becomes the “going rate” for an abortion.

This is just one more reason to remember that “follow the money” has been a catchphrase of both investigative journalism and political analysis for a long time.

Thalia Syracopoulos and Pam Whittington, co-presidents of the Seattle chapter of the National Organization for Women

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