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Texas Abortion Clinics Face 'Do or Die' Court Ruling

 
Texas Abortion Clinics Face 'Do or Die' Court Ruling
Posted August 14th, 2014 @ 11:13am

A federal judge in Austin is considering his ruling in a challenge to the tough abortion restrictions approved last year in the Legislature, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.

  The judge heard a week long trial in which pro choice groups claimed the restrictions are not medically necessary and were implemented to further a political agenda of eliminating access to abortion.

  State Sen. Wendy Davis, in San Antonio last night for a Democratic Party event, said she is hopeful U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel will agree.

  "It is my hope that the judge will determine that these standards are a violation of our constitutional obligations to women," Davis said.

  The pro choice advocates are challenging a law that requires every abortion clinic to employ a physician who has admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic.  The law also requires that every abortion facility meet the rigorous standards of an ambulatory surgery center.

  Opponents say abortion is a relatively routine outpatient procedure and say the precautions are not necessary to protect the lives of the women who undergo the practice.  They say the restrictions are an attempt by conservative lawmakers to deny women access to the legal procedure of abortion.

  "If the judge does not decide in favor of blocking these provisions, we will expect almost all of the clinics in Texas to close," Davis said.

  The restrictions have already shut down most of the clinics in the state.  From 44 clinics in 2012, there are currently just seven working abortion clinics in Texas today, although Planned Parenthood plans to open two new clinics in San Antonio and Dallas next month.

  Judge Yeakel threw out some of the restrictions previously, but a federal appeals court reinstated them.

 

 

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