The Texas Department of State Health Services has suspended the license of Houston physician, under a new state law that requires abortion doctors to hold admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.


Two state agencies say Dr. Theodore M. Herring performed 268 illegal abortions since the new law took effect November 1st.  He’s the medical director at A Affordable Women’s Medical Center in North Houston; the facility had its abortion license indefinitely suspended.


The Texas Legislature passed a law during a special session which requires doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital that provides OB/GYN services within 30 miles of their practice.


There will be a follow up disciplinary hearing later this month