Judge will rule soon on abor­tion reg­u­la­tions

Law lim­it­ing sec­ondtrimester pro­ce­dure to go into ef­fect Fri­day.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Chuck Lin­dell clin­dell@statesman.com Abor­tion

Af­ter a two-hour hear­ing in Austin’s fed­eral court­house Tues­day, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel promised to rule soon on whether or not to block Texas reg­u­la­tions lim­it­ing sec­ond-trimester abor­tions.

The law, passed by the Leg­is­la­ture in May, takes ef­fect Fri­day — a fact Yeakel ac­knowl­edged.

“We will have a rul­ing out quickly in this case,” he said.

Abor­tion providers are seek­ing a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der block­ing Texas from en­forc­ing the law. If granted, the or­der would be good for 14 days, with one 14-day ex­ten­sion avail­able.

Whether Yeakel blocks the law or not, he said he will con­duct a trial — likely in Septem­ber — on a re­quest by abor­tion providers to toss out the reg­u­la­tion. But af­ter lawyers for both sides ar­gued Tues­day about what in­for­ma­tion, doc­u­ments and de­po­si­tions had to be pro­vided be­fore trial, Yeakel ex­pressed skep­ti­cism — and frus­tra­tion — about the future of the case.

“You can’t agree on the most sim­ple things,” the judge said.

The le­gal chal­lenge seeks to void a pro­vi­sion in Se­nate Bill 8 that bans what abor­tion op­po­nents call dis­mem­ber­ment abor­tions, which isn’t a med­i­cal term. Abor­tion providers say the law would out­law the safest and most com­monly used method of sec­ond-tri-

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