“ The fact that they're still pretending that this is about the safety of the women is just laughable. If that were truly the case, the same restrictions would apply to all kinds of medical clinics that perform minor surgery etc (vasectomies anyone?). Effectively calling out abortion clinics shows what the real intent of this legislation is. ”
NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports:
"The appeals court says most of a 2013 Texas law can now take effect. It requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of a clinic. And it requires such clinics to meet the standards of an ambulatory surgical center.
"Abortion rights groups had argued neither measure was necessary to safeguard women's health. The decision is different from what the court ruled in a similar case in Mississippi, which said women should be able to get an abortion in the state where they live.
"The Texas ruling says it's clear some women choose to cross into New Mexico for abortions anyway. The ruling does exempt one clinic along the Mexican border, allowing it to stay open."
The appeals court delivered a 56-page ruling, saying: "the district court's judgment is AFFIRMED in part, MODIFIED in part, VACATED in part, and REVERSED in part."Read more...