The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans announced Thursday that it would deny Texas abortion providers’ request for the entire court to re-hear a year-old challenge to the state’s omnibus anti-abortion law.
A West Texas abortion provider could face disciplinary consequences for following the mistaken advice of the Texas Department of State Health Services, which wrongly informed Hilltop Women’s Reproductive Clinic over the weekend that it was exempt from the state’s omnibus anti-abortion law.
On Friday, a panel of judges from the Fifth Circuit will consider whether the State of Texas should be allowed to immediately enforce the provision of HB 2 requiring abortion facilities in the state to meet the building requirements of ambulatory surgical centers.
Without the court’s injunction, HB 2 could have reduced the number of Texas abortion providers to eight.
In a matter of days, five of Texas’ eight legal abortion providers will operate under the Planned Parenthood banner, a special irony in light of state lawmakers’ professed hatred for the provider.
Ultimately, we do not see the passage of HB 2 as a total loss. On the contrary, we recognize that that moment was an opportunity and an opening.
RH Reality Check is pleased to bring you a few of the thousands of stories that unfolded during the summer of 2013 at the state capitol in Austin, Texas.
Senior political reporter Andrea Grimes traveled to McAllen’s Whole Woman’s clinic, one of the last abortion clinics in the Rio Grande Valley, for a candlelight vigil marking the closure of a building where Texans have gone for safe, legal abortion care since Roe v. Wade.
Judges appeared skeptical of abortion providers’ claims that HB 2 constitutes an undue burden on tens of thousands of Texans who experts say have lost access to legal abortion.
Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law goes on trial again Monday morning in New Orleans.