Federal Judge Overturns Some Provisions of Texas Abortion Law (Again)
August 30, 2014 11:05 PM Subscribe
Just 3 days before they would go into effect, Federal Judge Lee Yeakel struck
down the admitting-privileges and ambulatory surgical center requirements of Texas's recently passed HB2 (remember the one with the filibuster?
), finding that they placed an undue burden on women, especially those in the Rio Grande Valley and El Paso.
Appointed to two different courts by George W. Bush (as both governor and president), this is not the first time Judge Yeakel has ruled against the bill. Last October, after declaring the admitting-privileges provision unconstitutional, the judge's decision was reversed
by the 5th Circuit, to whom the state of Texas is appealing again. If the provisions are allowed to stand, there will be only 8 clinics that perform abortions in Texas, and only in the major metropolitan areas.
Also of note in the ruling, "The court is dismayed with by the considerable efforts the state took to obscure Rue's level of involvement with the experts' contributions." Referring to Vincent Rue, who has been found to be coaching, and in some cases writing,
, expert testimony to be given in support of these laws. Rue "originated the concept of post abortion syndrome."
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