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Friday, November 1, 2013

Federal Court Reinstates Texas Anti-Abortion Law

Posted by on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 6:00 AM

For now:

Only three days after a federal judge blocked a new Texas law that threatened to shut down many of the state’s abortion clinics, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, reversed the decision, saying the rule should take effect while the case is argued in the months to come.

Abortion clinic owners and women’s health advocates said the decision would have catastrophic effects because as many as 13 of the 36 clinics providing abortions in the state would have to stop doing so immediately, forcing women in large swaths of Texas to travel several hours on at least two days to obtain abortions.

What's behind the reversal? A guy who wants to be the next Republican governor of Texas, Greg Abbott. He used his post as state attorney general to file an emergency appeal.


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These assholes aren't just anti-woman, they are anti-business.
Posted by Root on November 1, 2013 at 6:13 AM · Report this
Dr. Z 2
The Fifth Circuit court of appeals is notoriously conservative. I have a hunch they'll be reversed by SCOTUS and the law blocked from taking effect pending the appeal.
Posted by Dr. Z on November 1, 2013 at 6:47 AM · Report this
AFinch 3
@2 - maybe; but in the meantime - without an emergency injunction - can they get that while awaiting Cert? - these clinics will all be shutting down.

How many unwanted pregnancies? One hopes the clinics being shuttered in the 2/3rds of the state where they can't comply with the new regs will be coordinating a shuttle service to the remaining clinics.
Posted by AFinch on November 1, 2013 at 7:18 AM · Report this
One would think Republicans would have paid the ultimate price for being anti-women a long time ago but here we are at the beginning of the 21st century wondering how long they'll be able to deny basic rights to ~50% of their constituencies (and more when accounting for ethnic minorities). The brazenness of their actions is perturbing.
Posted by anon1256 on November 1, 2013 at 8:33 AM · Report this
The clinics forced to halt abortions have been unable to satisfy a new requirement, part of a broader anti-abortion law adopted in July, that doctors performing the procedure must have formal admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic.

Is that a bad thing?

Or just overzealous regulation on business, by the party that supposedly abhors such things.

I don't know if abortion is hard or easy, and should be done by professionals or not.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on November 1, 2013 at 8:34 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 6
John Bailo is the dumbest motherfucker on the planet.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on November 1, 2013 at 8:41 AM · Report this
You forgot "Activist" before Federal Court in the title.
Posted by neverdidlikeyou on November 1, 2013 at 8:44 AM · Report this
Three W.-appointed pro-life Republicans in predominantly Catholic Louisiana. What a surprising decision.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on November 1, 2013 at 8:50 AM · Report this
Dr. Z 9
@3: yes of course they can, the plaintiffs' lawyers can (and doubtless are) submitting a request to stay the law to the SCOTUS justice responsible for the Fifth Circuit. Unfortunately in this case, that's Scalia. But a stay can still be issued if four or five justices concur (I forget the exact number.) Now, whether they will is another question. I suspect they will, since the clinics would suffer irreparable harm if the law goes into effect during the appeals process.
Posted by Dr. Z on November 1, 2013 at 9:01 AM · Report this
@9 Some clinics are already shutting down today. People working with local abortion funds are currently compiling lists of patients with appointments at those clinics to see where else they can fit them in and what extra money will be needed.
Posted by neverdidlikeyou on November 1, 2013 at 9:08 AM · Report this
fletc3her 11
The concept of status quo is being turned on its head. A good reminder why electing a moderate executive is so important.
Posted by fletc3her on November 1, 2013 at 9:15 AM · Report this
For those who want to help the people who will be affected by this: and are Texas abortion funds and Fund Texas Women is a general support organization. They all desperately need money to help Texans seeking abortion care.
Posted by neverdidlikeyou on November 1, 2013 at 9:27 AM · Report this
This country needs easier access to medication abortions. Forcing people to go to an abortion-specific clinic limits their access to begin with; shutting these clinics down means that only the rich will have access to safe abortions.

Medication abortions are the norm in Europe, and are reasonably safe. It should be possible to go to your doctor's office, get a prescription, and end your pregnancy. We have the technology.
Posted by TheLurker on November 1, 2013 at 9:44 AM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 14
Jeesus Keerist, Bailo. With as much useless free time you have to be reading Slog and writing fucking stupid posts, how about you um, spend some of your useless free time reading up on some particular issue BEFORE you just fucking drool idiotically all over Slog with a ridiculously stupid question.

You would learn, for example, that in fact yes, requitmring admitting privileges at a hospital does, in fact, mean abortion providers get locked out of a market.

Jesus, you fucking idiot- go back and re-read Cienna's reporting on the Catholic/Providence local hospital takeovers. Or have someone-anyone- explain it to you. You goddamn idiot.

But stop, just stop- posting your every half-baked thought on every subject to Slog. You are so utterly uninformed.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on November 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM · Report this
schmacky 15
If women in Texas would just stop having sex with Republicans on the grounds that they don't want to risk pregnancy in a state where abortion is mostly outlawed, this whole thing would go away pretty damn quick.
Posted by schmacky on November 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 18
Bailo uses Slog the way some people use twitter... if twitter allowed essay length ramblings.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on November 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 19

Please cite that claim.
Posted by keshmeshi on November 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM · Report this
@13, @16, @17 Meanwhile, other states don't even require a doctor to perform an abortion. Vermont, New Hampshire, Montana, Oregon and California allow nurse practitioners to perform first-trimester "surgical" abortions of the suction/aspiration type. No doctors necessary at all. California allows certified midwives to do it, too, which makes perfect sense. If they can deliver a 9-lb. baby, they can manage a tiny embryo.

As for medical/medication abortions, Washington is among the states that allow Nurse Practitioners to prescribe and administer. Some states allow Physicians Assistants and Certified Nurse Midwives to, as well.…
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on November 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM · Report this
@20 The midwife's patient is the woman. That's who she's charged with protecting. An unwanted embryo does not supercede a woman's right to autonomy and good care.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on November 1, 2013 at 1:43 PM · Report this

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