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Texas Abortion Law Upheld Making Procedures Harder to Obtain

By    |   Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 09:39 AM

A Texas abortion law was mostly upheld in a federal appeals court Tuesday and will now likely head to the U.S. Supreme Court in what could be a landmark case.

The three judges of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans overturned last year’s imposed injunction by a federal judge in Texas, resulting in the reinstitution of strict regulations that forced the closure of many of the state's abortion clinics, The Christian Science Monitor reported.

“This unanimous decision is a vindication of the careful deliberation by the Texas legislature to craft a law to protect the health and safety of Texas women,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement, according to the Monitor.

Two sections of the law were upheld, including one requiring abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles and the other that requires the abortion facilities to meet the medical standards of an ambulatory surgical center.

The 2013 legislation forced about half of the state’s abortion clinics to close their doors. Now, there are just seven clinics in Texas to serve the 5.4 million women of childbearing age, the Monitor noted.

“Not since Roe v. Wade has a law or court decision had the potential to devastate access to reproductive health care on such a sweeping scale,” President of the Center for Reproductive Rights Nancy Northrup said in a statement, adding that the plaintiffs would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

One clinic in McAllen, Texas, was granted an exemption from the law because the court found that, if it closed, women would have to drive up to 235 miles in order to terminate a pregnancy, creating a substantial obstacle to obtain an abortion.

“The Fifth Circuit has once again put their political ideology above the law,” NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Executive Director Heather Busby told the Texas Tribune. “Your zip code should not determine your healthcare.”

Abortion activists argued the law labeled HB 2 was created in order to prevent women from receiving abortions.

“Plaintiffs bore the burden of proving HB 2 was enacted with an improper purpose,” the court ruled, according to the Monitor. “They failed to proffer competent evidence contradicting the legislature’s statement of a legitimate purpose.”

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