Appeals Court Reversal Allows Sweeping Abortion Law, Forcing 13 Texas Clinics to Close

http://www.legitgov.org/Appeals-Court-Reversal-Allows-Sweeping-Abortion-Law-Forcing-13-Texas-Clinics-Close

Appeals Court Reversal Allows Sweeping Abortion Law, Forcing 13 Texas Clinics to Close –No abortion facilities will be open west or south of San Antonio. 2 Oct 2014 Thirteen abortion clinics in Texas were forced to close immediately, after a federal appellate court sided with Texas in its yearlong legal battle over its sweeping abortion law and allowed the state to enforce one of the law’s toughest provisions while the case was being appealed. The decision by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, will have an immediate effect on abortion services in Texas, lawyers for abortion providers said. Thirteen clinics whose facilities do not meet the new standards were to be closed overnight, leaving Texas — a state with 5.4 million women of reproductive age, ranking second in the country — with eight abortion providers, all in Houston, Austin and two other metropolitan regions.

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