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Court Upholds Texas Rules on Abortion
Restrictions have forced nearly 20 clinics to close
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 27, 2014 6:04 PM CDT
In this July 18, 2013 file photo abortion rights supporters demonstrate outside the Capitol auditorium in Austin, Texas.   (Jay Janner)

(Newser) – A federal appeals court today upheld Texas' tough abortion restrictions that have forced the closure of nearly 20 clinics around the state, saying the new rules don't jeopardize women's health. A panel of judges at the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court judge who said the rules violate the US Constitution and served no medical purpose. Despite the lower court's ruling, the appeals court already had allowed some rules to go into effect while it considered the case. The latest decision means more regulations will begin later this year, as scheduled, and sets the case up for a likely appeal to the US Supreme Court.

In its opinion, the appeals court said the law "on its face does not impose an undue burden on the life and health of a woman." Planned Parenthood, which sued to block the law, called the ruling "terrible" and said that "safe and legal abortion will continue to be virtually impossible for thousands of Texas women to access." To recap, Texas lawmakers last summer passed some of the toughest restrictions in the US on when, where and how women may obtain an abortion. The Republican-controlled Legislature required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and placed strict limits on doctors prescribing abortion-inducing pills. Click for more on the story, or see why a judge struck down the bill.

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Warren/Gruber 2016
Mar 28, 2014 9:14 PM CDT
2013 05/23 Dr. Levantino Testimony
homer1057
Mar 28, 2014 7:27 PM CDT
LOOK: here is the definitive answer to Abortion: NO woman or man has ANY and I mean any right to decide to take the life of an unborn child! The life that has begun in the womb is not a womans, or a mans, to take! It is Gods child and a gift from God! Deut 32:39 says (God speaking) "I KILL, and I MAKE "ALIVE" If you desire to have NO children then that's your choice but IF you do what comes natural and get P.G. then let the child come to birth! NO state or govt can give you permission to get an abortion! IT is NOT theirs to give! I know this by being smart enough to KNOW what the KJV Bible says about abortion! It also says GOD "HATES" hands that shed INNOCENT" blood, the abortionist and the aborter! Lastly, NO one will get away w/taking an innocent (Gift) child from God, and they will answer for that blood spilt at the hands of an abortionist! Genesis 9:6/Numbers 35:33 KJV The LAND is polluted by the shedding of innocent blood! that means this land is defiled and those that shed it are the cause! Abortion NO, LIFE yes!!
cornelison
Mar 28, 2014 12:49 PM CDT
Republicans want to deny pregnant women a doctor. The abortion issue is all about religious domination and control - not the fetus.