Wednesday’s ruling declared a 2013 law that requires all abortion clinics meet the same architectural requirements as surgical centers unconstitutionally singled out a Lafayette clinic for closure.
The emergency request comes after a lower court ruled the law could take effect November 1.
Staff members at the last remaining legal abortion clinic in the Rio Grande Valley have been repeatedly left without a job in the wake of flip-flopping court decisions.
For a woman like “Maria,” a representative 26-year-old living in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, obtaining a legal abortion procedure will now cost more than a month’s wages, not to mention considerable lost time. The car ride alone will take her about seven hours—a trip you can experience yourself in the following videos.
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Texas’ highly restrictive omnibus anti-abortion law—which would have closed all but eight legal abortion facilities in the state—must remain blocked, for now.
Attorneys for the State of Mississippi have asked the full panel of judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to consider whether closing the only abortion clinic in the state unduly burdens abortion rights.
On the last day of arguments in the latest challenge to Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law, Judge Lee Yeakel pushed lawyers both for the plaintiffs and the State of Texas to answer the key question posed in practically every abortion case since Roe v. Wade: “Exactly what is an undue burden?”
On Wednesday, the State of Texas presented its first witnesses in a federal court hearing concerning the latest legal challenge to HB 2, the state’s omnibus anti-abortion law.
On Monday, the Roberts Court denied a request by attorneys for the state to let a requirement that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital go into effect.
State lawmakers unveiled the second wave of bills introduced as part of Pennsylvania’s Agenda for Women’s Health, a pro-active legislative effort designed to address women’s health and economic equality.