Abortion

Shots - Health News
2:16 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Which Plans Cover Abortion? No Answers On HealthCare.gov

In a hearing Wednesday, Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois questions Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about which insurance plans offer abortion services.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 4:21 pm

As if the rollout of the federal health law didn't have enough problems, abortion is back in the spotlight.

How the various health plans in the exchanges would or would not pay for abortion was one of the very last issues settled before the bill was passed in 2010. Now abortion's invisibility on the federal HealthCare.gov website has some people pretty upset.

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Abortion In Texas
7:48 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

U.S. 5th Circuit Court Overturns HB 2 Abortion Ruling

Attorney General Greg Abbott's emergency appeal following the initial ruling has succeeded in allowing the admitting privilege restriction to go into effect.
Courtesy photo

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower federal district court's ruling that found a section of House Bill 2, Texas new abortion law to be unconstitutional.  

Starting Friday, Nov. 1 every clinic performing abortion will have to be staffed by doctors with admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles away from their facility.

In the 5th Circuit Court's opinion justices wrote:  

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The Two-Way
3:12 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Texas Asks Court To Reinstate Abortion Restrictions

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott delivers comments at the 43rd Annual National Right To Life Convention on Thursday.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has asked a federal appeals court judge to grant an emergency ruling allowing the state to enforce an anti-abortion law struck down by a lower court on Monday.

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Abortion In Texas
10:08 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Abbott Files Immediate Appeal Of Federal Judge's Decision On Abortion Clinic Regulations

Attorneys exit the court building after final arguments in what is the first legal challenge of Texas' new abortion law.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

As he promised before a decision was even announced, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed an appeal on the federal judge's ruling that two components of Texas’ new abortion law are unconstitutional.

Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled yesterday afternoon that the abortion clinic regulation contained in the new law requiring doctors at facilities that provide abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 minutes of the clinic is unconstitutional.

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The Two-Way
4:06 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Judge Rules Texas Abortion Restrictions Unconstitutional

New abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Monday in a divisive case the state has already vowed to appeal.

In an opinion issued Monday, District Judge Lee Yeakel said the state's effort to regulate abortions violated the rights of doctors who perform the procedure to do what they determine is best for their patients, and would unreasonably restrict women from accessing abortion clinics.

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The Source - October 28, 2013
2:04 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

The Source: Judge Strikes Down Abortion Law Provisions | Dyslexia Documentary And Discussion

Protesters on both sides of the abortion issue make their point outside the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio this summer.
David Martin Davies TPR News

In the first segment:

Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled this afternoon that House Bill 2, the controversial abortion law that saw filibusters, as well as hundreds of protesters fill the capitol in Austin last legislative session, would have impinged on a woman’s rights. 

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Health News
2:27 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Clinics Close As Texas Abortion Fight Continues

In July, abortion rights advocates marched in Austin, Texas, to protest legislation that could shut down all but five abortion clinics and restrict abortion rights throughout the state.
Tamir Kalifa AP

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 9:52 am

The fight over abortion in Texas is being played out in federal court, where abortion rights activists are challenging a new state law.

The measure bans abortions at 20 weeks, adds building requirements for clinics and places more rules on doctors who perform abortions. Some clinics have shut down, saying they can't comply with the law set to go into effect Oct. 29.

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Abortion In Texas
3:17 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Final Arguments Conclude In Texas Abortion Clinic Restriction Case

Sarah Wheat, Planned Parenthood Texas, and Janet Creps, attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights..
Ryan Poppe

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.

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Texas Politics
9:32 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Greg Abbott Defends Stricter Abortion Law, While Opponents Ask Judge To Delay It

Gregg Abbott talked about abortion law after receiving an endorsement at a pancake restaurant in Dallas.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 7:00 am

In Dallas on Monday, Attorney General Greg Abbott defended a new state abortion law being challenged in federal court this week.

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Abortion In Texas
5:01 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Decision On Texas Abortion Clinic Law Will Likely Be Appealed

The Stand With Texas Women movement has carried the momentum of the abortion clinic bill filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The federal trial started today over the Texas abortion clinic restrictions that passed during this summer’s special session. Both sides have agreed to a bench trial, making the presiding judge, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, the final decision maker. 

Lawyers from Planned Parenthood are trying to block the law from taking effect, saying portions of the law make access to abortion services for women in South and West Texas impossible.

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