Attorneys in the federal case challenging sections of Texas’ new abortion clinic law have given their final arguments for why the new clinic restrictions are, or are not, constitutional. The rest is now up to Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel, who said he will provide his decision by the morning of Oct. 28.
Attorney Janet Creps, who represents the Center for Reproductive Rights in the filing, said this may only be the first step in what looks to be a long battle.
"We think that if the judge gives us any relief -- if he finds any of these provisions unconstitutional -- that the state will appeal," Creps said. "So any time you have a case like this that involves abortion restrictions like this there is always a possibility that it will go to the Supreme Court."
Attorneys for the state argued that Planned Parenthood and others were not able prove that 13 clinics in Texas would close by listing anonymous doctors who have been turned down by anonymous hospitals for admitting privileges.
"I don’t know who he thinks is anonymous in the case, we have Whole Women’s Health, we have Planned Parenthood, we have Dr. Lamar Robinson, we have Dr. Richter," Creps said. "Nobody is anonymous, these people have said, 'This is what’s going to happen to me and my patients.'"
Two of the clinics closing are in Austin and San Antonio, and Austin is the only clinic in Central Texas that meets surgical ambulatory standards.
One of the provisions that will go into effect without a fight is a ban on abortion after 20 weeks.