The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a decision on provisions of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law that raises the question: How many bodies will be enough for courts like the Fifth Circuit?
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Texas can force abortion providers to obtain hospital admitting privileges, and require medication abortion to be dispensed according to less effective 14-year-old protocols.
If the petition is granted, the Supreme Court could dramatically limit how abortion restrictions are challenged.
A portion of an Alabama law that requires doctors who perform abortions in the state to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital will remain on hold for at least another week. Three clinics in the state sued to block the requirement, arguing that it is medically unnecessary and unconstitutional.
A Louisiana house committee has voted unanimously to pass a bill that would implement regulations on clinics that provide abortions similar to those recently passed by the Oklahoma legislature, and ones implemented in Texas that have had a devastating effect on reproductive health-care access in the state.
Ohio state Sen. Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander) introduced a bill Thursday that would ban abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy and before many women know they are pregnant.
A decision from Arkansas reinforces fetal viability as a constitutional bright line for abortion restrictions, even as more early abortion bans pass in the states.
The settlement will keep open the state’s only abortion clinic but won’t prevent future challenges to the law.
Contrary to some news reports, a new bill introduced in Louisiana is unlikely to create a state database of all women who have taken emergency contraception—but reproductive rights experts are more concerned that the bill could close three out of Louisiana’s five abortion clinics using regulations similar to those that have shuttered more than one-third of clinics in Texas.
A pair of bills that would require abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinics where they perform abortions are working their way through the Oklahoma legislature, with lawmakers apparently influenced by a provision of the omnibus anti-abortion bill in neighboring Texas.