Abortion

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This week the U.S. 5th  Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Texas and some of the harshest restrictions on abortion in the country. 

Louisiana: Texas Abortion Ruling Reopens Question In La. Case

Jun 12, 2015
Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

NEW ORLEANS — Eleven days before trial, Louisiana has asked a federal judge to throw out one of two claims against its law requiring doctors who perform abortions to be able to admit patients to a hospital within 30 miles.

Tuesday’s ruling for a different Texas law erases abortion clinics’ planned arguments that legislators passed Louisiana's law to keep women from getting abortions, said Kyle Duncan, a Washington, D.C., attorney representing the state.

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a controversial state law requiring nearly all Texas facilities that perform abortions to operate like hospital-style surgical centers.

If the ruling stands, abortion providers say another dozen could close in the next few weeks. They say that would leave nearly a million women at least 150 miles from the nearest abortion provider.

Since the law first passed in 2013, about half the state's 40 clinics have shut down.

Ryan E. Poppe

A panel of judges at the US 5th Circuit Court has upheld most of the restrictions contained within Texas’ 2013 controversial abortion law, but this is not the end of the road for clinics that have sued the State of Texas.

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WASHINGTON — Republicans finally won House approval Wednesday for a late-term abortion ban after dropping rape provisions that provoked a rebellion by female GOP lawmakers, forcing party leaders into an embarrassing retreat.

As with the original bill, the new measure permits abortions for minors who were victims of incest — if the assault is reported to police or government agencies serving targets of child abuse. It allows no exemption for adult victims of incest.

The near party-line 242-184 vote was a victory for abortion opponents and a relief for top Republicans. Yet the path to passage took months of negotiations among anti-abortion groups, female lawmakers and party leaders, underscoring how tough it will be for the GOP to satisfy abortion foes while retaining support from women voters for next year’s elections.

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