Friday, March 28, 2014

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Approves New Texas Abortion Clinic Rules

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To no one's surprise, Texas' tough new restrictions on abortion clinics received a green light Thursday from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which found that neither of the two most controversial requirements imposes an undue hardship on women seeking abortions.

A three-judge panel unanimously ruled that there was no legal reason to keep the law known as House Bill 2 from being enforced. The decision reversed a lower-court ruling that found portions of the new law unconstitutional.

Two provisions of the law were challenged by a group of abortion providers - the requirement that abortion doctors have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and stricter limits on the use of drugs designed to induce abortions. Circuit Judges Edith Jones, Jennifer Elrod and Catharina Haynes found that neither provision is so burdensome as to be unreasonable.

Read more on The Houston Chronicle.

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