Clinics Close in Texas While Groups Await Case Ruling

On Monday a federal appeals court heard opening arguments on whether or not an anti-choice Texas law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is constitutional. Often hospitals will choose to deny these privileges based on religious backings and such laws have been used across the country as a targeted attempt to close family planning clinics that offer abortion services.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled in October that the provisions place an unconstitutional burden on women’s legal right to access the procedure. The state appealed to the 5th Circuit court of appeals which state that the laws admitting privileges and another provision restricting how medicine abortions are administered, could take effect while the case was appealed.

In November, the Supreme Court declined an emergency request filed by a several women’s health care providers to block the law. It is expected this case will reach the Supreme Court this year. Already this 12 clinics have been forced to immediately close.

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