Texas’ Abortion Law Stands (For Now)
Late-breaking news, and it’s not good for Texas women who need health care: The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that Texas’ anti-abortion law can take effect tomorrow while a lawsuit challenging it goes forward. This ruling comes three days after District Judge Lee Yeakel struck down a key portion of the law requiring doctors at abortion clinics to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. State attorney general Greg Abbott successfully argued to the appellate court that passing the law was a constitutional use of the legislature’s authority. This is not surprising, since the 5th Circuit Court is full of right-wing nutjobs. No wonder they’ve sided with the Republican effort to protect women by denying them access to medical treatment. Anyway, the court’s order stays in effect until a hearing in January. If you live in rural Texas and you need health care before then, be prepared to take a very long trip. This case is headed for the U.S. Supreme Court, so you’ll be hearing a lot more about this, dear readers.