Published: Mon, September 04, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

District Judge Halts New Anti-Abortion Measures in Texas

District Judge Halts New Anti-Abortion Measures in Texas

The ruling came in response to a lawsuit brought by abortion providers who argued that the Texas law, signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in May, would deny women access to a safe procedure.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel issued a temporary restraining order Thursday, halting implementation of the law meant to go into effect September 1 that would have taken the procedure off the table for abortion providers throughout the state.

In Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the Supreme Court ruled that restrictions on legal abortion can not unduly burden a woman without providing a legitimate medical benefit. "All of us at Whole Woman's Health will continue to resist and fight against any laws that undermine women's equality and compromise our ability to make healthcare decisions. In filings and in court, the Attorney General's office powerfully argued SB 8 clearly only prohibits one specific type of D&E abortion, which the state Legislature defined as 'Dismemberment Abortions'". The rally was in protest against a controversial anti-abortion bill.

He also argued that women would "suffer irreparable harm by being unable to access the most commonly used and safest previability-second-trimester-abortion procedure", which dismembers their unborn babies, the AP reports. "So, the alternatives are not really real alternatives". In fact, SB 8 does not ban all forms of second-trimester abortions, but ensures more humane treatment of the unborn child.

"What we know in terms of second-trimester abortions in Texas is that there was a big jump ... in procedures between 2013 and 2014", Dr. Daniel Grossman, an investigator with the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, said.

Texas Right to Life, one of several anti-abortion groups in the state, said the ban was its "top priority" for this year's legislative session.

"This unsafe law is yet another attempt by politicians to ban abortion step by step and method by method, regardless of who it hurts", the statement added. To see more, visit KUT 90.5.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said they will continue to defend the law in court, and many have strong hopes that Senate Bill 8 eventually will be upheld as constitutional.

Yeakel issued a restraining order and will hear further argument on whether the law is unconstitutional because it could place women undergoing abortions at greater risk. The U.S. Supreme Court last summer threw out provisions of state law that required abortion clinic facilities meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers and require their physicians to gain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Texas Right to Life said Thursday that "the abortion clinic lawyers are attempting to frame this lawsuit on how SB 8 will affect Texas women and the abortion industry, however the important question before the court is whether this type of procedure is something Texas has the right to prohibit".

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