Groups sue Texas over new abor­tion ban

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

AUSTIN, Texas — Planned Par­ent­hood and other groups sued Texas on Thurs­day over a new ban on a sec­ondtrimester abor­tion pro­ce­dure, the state’s first ma­jor anti-abor­tion mea­sure since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law that had prompted more than half of its abor­tion clin­ics to close.

The law­suit asks a fed­eral judge to stop Texas from ban­ning a com­mon pro­ce­dure known as di­la­tion and evac­u­a­tion, which other Repub­li­can-con­trolled states also have tried to out­law in re­cent years. Sim­i­lar bans are in ef­fect in Mis­sis­sippi and West Vir­ginia but have been blocked by courts in at least four other states.

Texas Repub­li­cans have been un­de­terred in pur­su­ing new rules on abor­tion de­spite los­ing at the Supreme Court last year. That 5-3 de­ci­sion dis­man­tled tougher abor­tion reg­u­la­tions on clin­ics and doc­tors and amounted to the Supreme Court’s strong­est de­fense of abor­tion rights in a quar­ter-cen­tury.

Also fil­ing the new law­suit is Whole Woman’s Health, an abor­tion provider, and at­tor­neys for the New York-based Cen­ter for Re­pro­duc­tive Rights, which also chal­lenged the 2013 law in Texas that was known as HB2. Texas had more than 40 abor­tion clin­ics be­fore that law took ef­fect; there are now about half that num­ber.

The new ban in Texas is sched­uled to take ef­fect in Septem­ber. Courts have blocked sim­i­lar laws in Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana and Ok­la­homa. A court chal­lenge is also un­der­way in Arkansas.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.