Ruling Will Close 38% of Texas Abortion Clinics
Appeals court reinstates central part of abortion law
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 1, 2013 12:01 AM CDT
In this July 12, 2013 file photo, abortion rights supporters rally on the floor of the State Capitol rotunda in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa, File)

(Newser) – Just this week, a federal judge called a central part of a new Texas abortion law unconstitutional; now, a US appeals court in New Orleans has reversed that ruling, the New York Times reports. In a temporary decision, judges yesterday said a rule requiring doctors performing abortions to have local hospital admitting privileges is probably constitutional; it doesn't put an "undue burden" on abortion rights and is "not designed to strike at the right itself." The court said the measure can stay in place as arguments proceed; a full hearing is likely in January, the AP notes. The case is likely to head to the Supreme Court, the Times adds. The ruling will force 12 of the state's 32 clinics providing abortions to halt them, possibly starting today, per the AP; the Times puts the number at 13 of 36.

"The incidental effect of making it more difficult or more expensive to procure an abortion cannot be enough to invalidate" a law with the fair purpose of state regulation of doctors, the court said. "This unanimous decision is a vindication of the careful deliberation by the Texas Legislature to craft a law to protect the health and safety of Texas women," says state Attorney General Greg Abbott, who's running for governor and filed the appeal.

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Nov 2, 2013 10:37 PM CDT
You want 'my body my choice' you get 'my wallet, my choice'. You don't get to jump on a penis and have cake delivered. It's always men who have no choices or even voices who pay for 'my choice'. State always needs to milk someone for child support. Bio father or not, you got a penis, you pay or go to jail. Whole pro-life pro-choice crap is moot.
Lou Bernardo
Nov 1, 2013 10:08 PM CDT
Why is this even a matter of the State? It's a personal choice. Abort 'em or support 'em.
Nov 1, 2013 7:22 PM CDT
AN ORDINANCE To dissolve the Union between the State of Texas and the other States united under the Compact styled "the Constitution of the United States of America." WHEREAS, The Federal Government has failed to accomplish the purposes of the compact of union between these States, in giving protection either to the persons of our people upon an exposed frontier, or to the property of our citizens, and WHEREAS, the action of the Northern States of the Union is violative of the compact between the States and the guarantees of the Constitution; and, WHEREAS, The recent developments in Federal affairs make it evident that the power of the Federal Government is sought to be made a weapon with which to strike down the interests and property of the people of Texas, and her sister slave-holding States, instead of permitting it to be, as was intended, our shield against outrage and aggression; THEREFORE, SECTION 1.-- We, the people of the State of Texas, by delegates in convention assembled, do declare and ordain that the ordinance adopted by our convention of delegates on the 4th day of July, A.D. 1845, and afterwards ratified by us, under which the Republic of Texas was admitted into the Union with other States, and became a party to the compact styled "The Constitution of the United States of America," be, and is hereby, repealed and annulled; that all the powers which, by the said compact, were delegated by Texas to the Federal Government are revoked and resumed; that Texas is of right absolved from all restraints and obligations incurred by said compact, and is a separate sovereign State, and that her citizens and people are absolved from all allegiance to the United States or the government thereof. SEC. 2. This ordinance shall be submitted to the people of Texas for their ratification or rejection, by the qualified voters, on the 23rd day of February, 1861, and unless rejected by a majority of the votes cast, shall take effect and be in force on and after the 2d day of March, A.D. 1861. PROVIDED, that in the Representative District of El Paso said election may be held on the 18th day of February, 1861. Done by the people of the State of Texas, in convention assembled, at Austin, this 1st day of February, A.D. 1861. [Ratified Feb. 23, 1861 by a vote of 46,153 for and 14,747 against]