Law forces closure of more abortion clinics

Two more Texas abortion providers said they will shut down this week, saying their doctors were unable to get admitting privileges to nearby hospitals as required under new restrictions enacted by the state last year.

Whole Woman’s Health will close two of its five clinics in the state, shutting facilities in Mc­Allen and Beaumont because they cannot meet the new regulations, including one that a physician have admitting privileges at an appropriately equipped hospital within 30 miles.

The latest closures bring to 19 the number of clinics that have shut down since Texas lawmakers adopted tough new abortion restrictions last summer. Twenty-four clinics remain to serve a population of 26 million women, and more closures could happen after additional restrictions take effect this year.

— From news services

‘Mummified’ body of woman found in SUV

The body of a woman, whom neighbors say they last saw several years ago, was found in a sport-utility vehicle parked in the garage of a foreclosed home northwest of Detroit.

The body was described by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office as being “in a mummified state.” An autopsy performed Thursday by the county medical examiner’s office found no trauma to the body. A cause of death has yet to be determined.

The body is believed to be that of the former homeowner who would have been 49 in 2008, when authorities believe she died.

“She had $54,000 in her account and her bills were being deducted,” Undersheriff Mike McCabe said. “Eventually, the money ran out and her house went into foreclosure.”

— Associated Press