Did This Court Just Stun Texas Abortion Advocates?

Texas is one of the states that enacted laws to save unborn lives. Gov. Rick Perry signed HB 2 into law in 2013. Abortionists must have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital, and abortion mills must meet the same requirements as ambulatory surgical centers.

The law also bans abortions after 20 weeks and places more restrictions on medically induced abortions.

After some legal wrangling, the provisions are still in effect. Yesterday, a federal court upheld the law. Twenty-seven abortion mills in Texas have shut down (according to an AP survey) because they can’t meet some of the law’s requirements. From the Dallas Morning News:

In conjunction with a 2011 law that requires women to view a sonogram 24 hours before having an abortion, Texas abortion restrictions are some of the toughest in the country.

Stephanie Toti, a lawyer with the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represented several abortion clinics in the case, said the decision will be appealed to the Supreme Court. Advocates plan to ask the appeals court to put the decision on hold pending that appeal.

Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement Tuesday calling the court’s decision “a vindication” for the Legislature. Abbott served as attorney general when the law was challenged.

Any woman in Texas who wants to kill her unborn child can kill her unborn child. Pro-life laws like the one in Texas raise the standard of care in clinics and restrict procedures that might cause the unborn baby pain.

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