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Texas’ Anti-Abortion Law Reinstated By Three Bush-Appointed Federal Judges

A panel of three Bush-appointed federal judges reinstated a controversial abortion restriction that will force many clinics in the state of Texas to close.

Now doctors who perform abortions in Texas are required to have admitting privileges with local hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic.

"This new ruling represents a huge pro-life victory," said the Texas Alliance For Life in a statement.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a ruling from lower court U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on Monday, the day before the law was due to go into effect. Yeakel ruled that a section of the measure pertaining to admitting privileges was unconstitutional because it would force clinics to close.

Judge Priscilla Owen, who ThinkProgress described as one of the “most staunchly anti-abortion judges in the country,” granted a temporary stay of Yeakel’s ruling.

Yeakel explained many doctors “do not currently have admitting privileges and cannot gain admitting privileges for reasons including lack of a board certification specialty, retirement, impact on their private practice, and residing too geographically remote from the hospitals that are 30 miles from the Whole Women’s Health Services facilities.” 

Whole Woman's Health will close three of five clinics on Friday due to the ruling.

"Just this evening, we had to call all our patients and cancel their appointments for tomorrow," founder and CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller told the “Rachel Maddow Show” on Thursday.

"This fight is far from over,” said Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “This restriction clearly violates Texas women's constitutional rights by drastically reducing access to safe and legal abortion statewide.”

Sources: ThinkProgress, Reuters


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