AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Texas abortion providers are suing to undo decades-old regulations on doctors and clinics that they say deserve a second look after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2016.
The lawsuit filed Thursday challenges longstanding requirements over ultrasounds, waiting periods and licensing. Courts have already upheld some of the laws.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Shot To Death Outside Hurricane Harbor In Arlington
But the abortion provider Whole Woman’s Health wants a federal judge to take a fresh look through the lens of a major Supreme Court decision that struck down HB2, a 2013 Texas anti-abortion law.
More than half (20+) of Texas’ abortion clinics — including nearly all that served rural and midsized cities — shuttered under that law. Only a handful have reopened.READ MORE: Community Groups Want To Help Reduce Violent Crime In Dallas
Texas had 41 abortion clinics in 17 counties the year before the law took effect and 21 clinics in 6 counties the year after — making Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio and El Paso the only cities with abortion providers.
Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is a staunch abortion opponent. His office has asked lawmakers to consider expanding the attorney general’s power to enforce abortion laws on the books.MORE NEWS: Eye On Culture: Dallas Holocaust And Human Rights Museum Fulfilling Its Mission To Educate
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