What Texas's Controversial Abortion Law Means For Women In The State
The Guardian | By Nadja Popovich
Abortion rights advocates in Texas are celebrating a judge’s ruling late last week that struck down two key provisions of a controversial new abortion law, but are wary that the decision is merely a temporary roadblock in the state’s plan to close dozens of clinics.
US district judge Lee Yeakel stayed the closure of dozens of abortion clinics across the state. He declared unconstitutional a requirement set to go into effect on Monday 1 September, which would have forced all Texas abortion clinics to either close down or meet strict new building regulations.
Yeakel’s decision granted a temporary reprieve to hundreds of thousands of women who would have been left without nearby access to abortion services. Women in El Paso, for instance, would have a faced a 550-mile, seven-and-a-half-hour trip to the nearest clinic, in San Antonio.
The state on Saturday filed an emergency appeal to the fifth circuit court of appeals, which last year overturned a similar ruling from the same judge. The appeals court declined the state’s immediate appeal, but has scheduled a hearing for next Friday, September 12.
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