A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that most of Texas’ tough new abortion restrictions can take effect immediately — a decision that means as least 12 clinics won’t be able to perform the procedure starting as soon as Friday.
A federal court has ruled a key portion of the new abortion law set to take effect Tuesday is unconstitutional. A provision in the new law, passed by the state legislature, would have required doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.
The Routh Street Women’s Clinic off the North Central Expressway is one of many local abortion clinics, which will shutter if and when HB2 takes effect.
The Texas Senate was poised to cast a final vote on tough new abortion restrictions after a committee approved the measure Thursday, and top Republicans and Democrats acknowledged there is little to stop it from becoming law this time.
With the Republican-led Texas legislature expected to pass new restrictions on abortions, Democrats believe the measure will be challenged in court.
A rally organized to condemn a restrictive abortion measure has drawn more than 200 people to downtown Dallas. Planned Parenthood took its Stand With Texas Women campaign to City Hall Plaza Wednesday.
The Republican-dominated Texas Legislature pushed Monday to enact wide-ranging restrictions that would effectively shut down all abortion clinics in the nation’s second most-populous state.
Gene flaws that raise the risk of breast cancer are surprisingly common in black women with the disease, according to the first comprehensive testing in this racial group.
More than 370 members of the clergy asked the Texas Legislature to boost funding for women’s health programs. Leaders of Methodist, Buddhist, Presbyterian, Jewish, Baptist and Unitarian congregations lobbied lawmakers for more spending.
A senate committee has heard testimony on a bill that would tighten rules for doctors prescribing abortion pills.
A working group of Texas senators has recommending boosting spending on women’s health programs across the state.
Planned Parenthood is asking a judge to stop Texas from banning the group from providing state-funded health services to poor women.