Federal court reinstates key part of Texas abortion law
By Dana Ford, CNN
(CNN) — A federal appeals court Thursday reinstated a key part of a new Texas abortion law, considered to be among the most restrictive in the country.
The decision came three days after a federal judge struck down the provision, which requires doctors to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic at which they’re providing abortion services.
A day before parts of the law were scheduled to take effect, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on Monday issued an injunction blocking the law’s admitting privileges requirement, arguing that it “places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion of a nonviable fetus and is thus an undue burden to her.”
Thursday’s decision means the requirement will remain in place while a lawsuit moves forward.
The lawsuit — filed in U.S. District Court in Austin by Planned Parenthood on behalf of more than a dozen women’s health care providers across Texas — alleged the state’s new abortion law violates the constitutional rights of women and puts unreasonable demands on doctors who perform abortions.
In a statement, Planned Parenthood Federation of America said the requirement that doctors have admitting privileges is expected to cause at least one-third of the state’s licensed health centers that provide abortion services to stop.
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