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Texas suspends first doctor under new abortion law

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Texas suspens doctorTexas has suspended a Houston doctor's license for performing abortions without getting privileges to admit patients to a nearby hospital, the first such move under a new state abortion law that went into effect last year.

The Texas Medical Board said on Friday that physician Theodore Herring performed 268 abortions between Nov. 6 and Feb. 7 without the right to admit patients to an authorized hospital within 30 miles of where the procedures took place.

Admitting privileges allow doctors to quickly check women into a local hospital in the event that they are injured during an abortion.

"The suspension was effective immediately," the board said, adding that Herring would pose a threat to public welfare by continuing to practice medicine.

Herring was not immediately available for comment, Reuters said.

Opponents of the law said that given the vast size of Texas, the admitting privileges requirement places an unjust burden on clinics and punishes people in rural parts of the state where medical care can be scarce.

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