Lone abortion clinic in Corpus Christi sees surge

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The physician who runs an abortion clinic in Corpus Christi says his patient load has tripled since similar clinics in the Rio Grande Valley have closed because of tougher state-imposed restrictions.

Dr. Eduardo Aquino's clinic is the only one along the Texas Coastal Bend.

He tells the Corpus Christi Caller-Times (http://bit.ly/1cj9iKu ) he doesn't need to continue the procedures but believes women should have access to them.

Aquino has been based in San Antonio for 13 years but retained admitting privileges at a Corpus Christi medical system. That puts him in compliance with a state requirement that physicians who perform abortions must have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles.

Aquino also says his clinic may be too small and outdated to comply with other state provisions taking effect in 2014.

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Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, http://www.caller.com

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