5th Circuit Blocks Lower Court, Pro-Life Law to Take Effect

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from Texas Values,

Late yesterday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overruled a decision by a district court to block provisions of the Pro-Life Omnibus Law. Earlier this week, just hours before going into effect, Judge Lee Yeakel blocked one provision and partially blocked a second provision of the law. Specifically, Judge Yeakel blocked the provision requiring that doctors performing abortions must have admitting provisions at a nearby hospital and partially blocked the provision that tightens usage guidelines for the abortion drug RU486. These provisions would provide common-sense safety precautions for women in our state. But, the 5th Circuit’s ruling will allow the admitting privileges provision to immediately go into effect. And according to media reports, this means that 12 abortions clinics will not be able to perform abortions. The 5th Circuit will have a hearing in January and then decide whether to permanently strike down Judge Yeakel’s decision.

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