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Texas Abortion Laws: Quotes From Heated Debate

By    |   Sunday, 09 Aug 2015 07:54 PM

The battle over abortion is alive and well in Texas.

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court intervened to temporarily halt closure of 10 state abortion clinics after the state imposed new restrictions on such facilities, The Texas Tribune reported.

Abortion rights activists said the state was attempting to limit access to abortions with its law while officials said it was created to ensure safeguards at facilities.

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“The justices have preserved Texas women’s few remaining options for safe and legal abortion care for the moment," Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, told the Tribune.

Her organization had sued the state on behalf of the clinics. "Now it’s time to put a stop to these clinic shutdown laws once and for all," Northup said.

What happens moving forward is uncertain amid the stay.

“This Supreme Court decision is a temporary victory for Texans’ health and safety, but it only postpones a public health disaster,” Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, said in a statement reported in The Washington Post. “The reality is that Texans’ health and safety are still in jeopardy.”

The state's Republican governor, Greg Abbott, defended the law after the ruling, according to the Texas Observer, which noted his statement arguing the Texas statute in questions was created “to fight for higher-quality healthcare standards for women while protecting our most vulnerable—the unborn, and I’m confident the Supreme Court will ultimately uphold this law.”

Texas in 2011 had 93 counties without an abortion clinic, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

The anti-abortion group Americans United for Life ranked Texas at No. 10 nationally, describing it as "one of the most protective states in the nation."

NARAL Pro-Choice America gave Texas an F grade on choice-related laws.

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The battle over abortion is alive and well in Texas. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court intervened to temporarily halt closure of 10 state abortion clinics after the state imposed new restrictions on such facilities, The Texas Tribune reported.
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