On Monday, the first day of a new legal challenge to Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law, expert witnesses testified that regulations in the state have negatively affected the ability of pregnant people who live in south and west Texas to access legal abortion care.
The ruling did not block the law permanently; it extends a temporary injunction blocking the law from taking effect.
The persistent focus on the links between “choice” and abortion—the origins of this relationship and some of its impacts—in no way fully expresses or honors the vision or the agenda of reproductive justice advocates.
Texas abortion providers are challenging a law that requires them to operate as hospital-like ambulatory surgical centers before it is scheduled to go into effect September 1.
“The closure today of Whole Woman’s Health of Austin is the result of politicians acting against the women in our state when they passed HB 2,” said Whole Woman’s Health CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller in a press release on Thursday.
The last abortion clinic in Toledo, Ohio, will be forced to close because, it was told by the state health department, its transfer agreement with the University of Michigan Health System does not fit the criteria of state law, which requires the transfer hospital to be “local.”
Operation Save America protesters gathered outside the headquarters of the Jackson, Mississippi, police department Monday. Inside, fellow anti-choice activists were facing criminal charges associated with protest activities.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a Mississippi admitting privileges law would create an undue burden on abortion rights if it forced the state’s only clinic to close. But the decision isn’t all good news for reproductive rights supporters.
The order gives attorneys for the state time to file a request with the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court order blocking limitations on RU-486.
The closure leaves the state with just three clinics that provide abortion care.