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HB2 Showdown and Sports Rivalries: Monday’s Show (July 20, 2015)

Late last month, and for a 2nd time, the U.S. Supreme Court put implementation of HB2 on hold. The High Court may now decide in its next term to hear a case challenging if the controversial legislation creates an undue burden for Texas women seeking abortions. House Bill 2, passed back in July of 2013, requires […]


Late last month, and for a 2nd time, the U.S. Supreme Court put implementation of HB2 on hold. The High Court may now decide in its next term to hear a case challenging if the controversial legislation creates an undue burden for Texas women seeking abortions.

House Bill 2, passed back in July of 2013, requires Texas clinics that provide abortions to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers and for doctors who provide abortions there to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Proponents say those standards are meant to ensure patient safety. However, many opponents believe those standards are intended expressly and solely to force clinics providing abortions to meet impossible standards, limiting the number of such clinics — and therefore limiting reasonable access for many Texans.

At the moment, the fate of ten clinics — half of those that remain in operation in Texas — rests on whether the High Court will agree the requirements — alone or in combination with other requirements — create an undue burden. On this edition of Houston Matters, we review what led to this now seemingly inevitable Supreme Court showdown with News 88.7 FM health and science reporter Carrie Feibel. Then, we walk through the legal arguments with TSU Professor of Law Martin Levy.

Also this hour: Last week, Cambridge Hospital, an inpatient psychiatric facility in Houston, closed down. While the hospital had space for 148 patients, Harris County Psychiatric Center COO Steve Glazier tells the Houston Chronicle he believes it was probably only serving 30 to 40. The Texas Department of State Health Services says the hospital surrendered its state license on July 7 and discharged its last patient the same day. We discuss whether this leaves a gap in mental health services in the city of Houston, with Bill Kelly, director of public policy and government affairs at Mental Health America of Greater Houston.

Then: Each month, Houston Matters goes to the dogs…and cats…as we welcome your pet care questions for veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller from the Meyerland Animal Clinic. She specializes in the care and feeding of dogs and cats and will field any and all questions about your beloved canine or feline animal companion.

Plus: The Houston Astros trounced the Texas Rangers Sunday 10-0. Astros ace Dallas Keuchel struck out a career-high 13 Rangers in seven shutout innings as Houston took two of three in the weekend Lone Star series. Houston just moved to the American League a couple seasons ago, and while the Astros are battling for first place in the AL West, the Rangers are struggling to stay near .500. Still, a rivalry is developing between the two ball clubs. Is that rivalry strictly about geography, and if so, is that enough? What makes for a good sports rivalry? We ask Jeff Balke, who writes for the Houston Press.

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