AUSTIN (AP) – Long wait times for abortions and lengthy drives to abortion clinics are likely to continue in Texas for months and maybe years despite the U.S. Supreme Court striking down restrictions that drastically reduced the number of providers statewide.READ MORE: Mask Up, Have Fun At Friday's State Fair Of Texas Opening
Texas lost more than half of its 41 abortion clinics in the three years since former Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed a sweeping anti-abortion law that justices largely dismantled in a 5-3 ruling Monday.READ MORE: Garland ISD Offers Mexican American, African American Studies Courses
The decision amounted to the Supreme Court’s strongest defense of abortion rights in a generation.
The Texas laws required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and forced clinics to meet hospital-like standards. But even with those mandates now gone, Planned Parenthood and others providers aren’t yet making promises about opening new facilities.MORE NEWS: 2 Men Arrested In Wylie On Human Trafficking Charges
(© Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)