Three groups are expected to announce Friday that they are filing a federal lawsuit in an attempt to get the state's strict new abortion restrictions overturned, 1200 WOAI news reports.
The Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood will challenge the law which was approved by the second special session of the Legislature this past summer. The law restricts abortions to no later than twenty weeks gestation, requires that all abortion clinics have a doctor on staff who has admission privileges at a hospital within thirty miles, and requires that abortion clinics follow strict standards requires of ambulatory surgical centers.
"I welcome the lawsuit," said State Re Jodie Laubenburg (R-Parker) who is the author of the bill. "If that's what they want to it, it will just continue to bring more national attention to what is going on in the womb up to 28 weeks."
The law, which fully takes effect on Tuesday, has been blamed for the closing of five of the state's 42 abortion clinics already, and more closings are expected if the law is upheld.
State Senator Dan Patrick (R-Houston), who helped push the bill in the Senate, says the Democrats are not finding the love they used to find in the federal courts.
"Every time the Democrats lose, they go to court and sue," he said. "You saw it on voter i.d., they lost. You saw it on the sonogram bill I introduced in 2011, they lost."
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that abortion must be available, and has thrown out regulations that would have led to the total closings of abortion clinics in certain states. But the courts have never said that abortion has to be convenient, and many of the provisions of the Texas law, especially the 20 week abortion ban, have been upheld in other states.