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Federal Judge Strikes Down Part of Texas Abortion Law

 
Federal Judge Strikes Down Part of Texas Abortion Law
Posted August 30th, 2014 @ 7:14am by Associated Press

A federal judge has thrown out new abortion restrictions that would have banned the procedure at most Texas facilities where women can legally end a pregnancy.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on Friday sided with abortion clinics that challenged one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry in 2013.

The law would have required the clinics to meet hospital-level operating standards by Sept. 1. That would have left seven places for women to get an abortion in Texas, down from the 19 facilities that abortion-rights groups say are currently available.

Judge Yeakel’s wrote the Texas law “is unconstitutional because it imposes an undue burden on the right of women throughout Texas to seek a pre-viability abortion,”

The state is expected to appeal to the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

 

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