Supreme Court Won't Block Abortion Law in Texas
It keeps restrictions in effect as lower court considers case
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 19, 2013 5:24 PM CST
A protester holds a rosary as he prays outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in San Antonio last month.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – A divided Supreme Court is allowing the state of Texas to continue enforcing abortion restrictions that opponents say have led more than a third of the state's clinics to stop providing abortions. The justices voted 5-4 today to leave in effect a provision requiring doctors who perform abortions in clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The decision means the rule stays in place as the case plays out in the lower courts.

The court's conservative majority refused the plea of Planned Parenthood and several Texas abortion clinics to overturn a preliminary federal appeals court ruling that allowed the provision to take effect. The case remains on appeal to the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. That court is expected to hear arguments in January, and the law will remain in effect at least until then.

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heyzeus
Nov 20, 2013 12:15 PM CST
This is another example of Rethuglican hypocrisy. They decry the Affordable Health Act as "government making your medical decisions" while these lowlife, scumbaggish political pathogens have no issue when government makes medical decisions for women. The self-described pro-life morons have decided that govenment interference in our medical decisions is a good thing. They are all pieces of phony, pious, religious bullsh*t artists.
MattB
Nov 20, 2013 11:33 AM CST
LOL! I believe the only thing to stay in place right now is for Abortion DRs to have Hospital Admitting status, so @ their clients choice she can have it done @ the clinic or a hospital. I see this a 1 thing as good for women.
normal
Nov 20, 2013 10:46 AM CST
"the plea of Planned Parenthood" Right, make the #1 abortion proponent sound like a victim. Sick.