Judge Halts Texas Abortion Law Targeting Clinics
Restrictions create 'an impermissible obstacle' to women, judge says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 29, 2014 5:18 PM CDT
Gov. Rick Perry responds to questions from reporters during a news conference after delivering a speech at the National Right To Life Convention, Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Grapevine, Texas.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

(Newser) – A federal judge today threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state. US District Judge Lee Yeakel sided with clinics that sued over one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Gov. Rick Perry in 2013. The ruling stops new restrictions that would have left seven abortion facilities in Texas by Sept. 1. There are currently 19 abortion providers in the state, according to groups challenging the law. "The overall effect of the provisions is to create an impermissible obstacle as applied to all women seeking a previability abortion," Yeakel wrote in his 21-page ruling.

The trial in Texas was the latest battle over tough new abortion restrictions sweeping across the US. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican who is the favorite to become governor next year, was expected to appeal. The law would have required abortion facilities in Texas to meet hospital-level operating standards, which supporters say will protect women's health. Clinics called it a backdoor effort to outlaw abortions, which has been a constitutional right since the Roe v. Wade ruling by the US Supreme Court in 1973. (Perry said his wife misspoke when siding with "a woman's right" to choose abortion.)

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Sep 1, 2014 8:04 AM CDT
Smart people laugh or vomit when they listen to "Blow Dry" Perry. This article shows the coming menace. Greg Abbott. Abbott is vile. He, like Perry, is so far out in right field, he's in the parking lot. Abbott is a fake, hypocritical, evangelical threat to civil liberties and individual rights. He made millions in a settlement when his back was broken. Fair enough. Now he fights to limit jury settlements in injury lawsuits. Pure Hypocritical "Good" Christian POS. Abbott is against women and against equal pay for women. He keeps fighting to gut the TX educational system which is already a disaster with 35% drop out rates. He has wasted millions of State dollars on frivolous lawsuits against our President. He is worse that Perry. He and Ted Patrick will spark a revolt by every sensible person in the Lone Star State. They will decimate this great State.
Ezekiel 25:17
Aug 30, 2014 8:36 PM CDT
Why do Republicans fight this issue today? Women who have abortions are either Democrat or Libertarian. That keeps another one from being born. They lose by attrition. I say lets take abortion off the table. I agree its not right to legislate morality. If these women want to do this, its between them and the Lord. We can't punish this on Earth without being hypocritical. I say let a Democrat or Libertarian have as many as they wish because it serves the greater good for all of mankind.
Aug 30, 2014 11:41 AM CDT