Three abortion providers this week had their hospital admitting privileges revoked at nearby hospitals after anti-choice mobilization put pressure on the state’s hospitals to deny them such privileges, which are required under HB 2 to keep their clinics open.
The Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the ACLU of Texas filed a petition last week asking the full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reexamine the constitutionality of the admitting privileges requirement contained in HB2.
“This law has closed clinics. This law has denied women access to safe care. This law is now and will in the future do great damage to the health-care infrastructure in the State of Texas.”
Texas had 44 abortion clinics just 3 years ago, but only 19 have survived the onslaught of restrictive laws so far.
“Those in control of this state need to stop fighting the future. They must stop governing by fear. They must stop pretending there’s some security blanket in laws that treat others unfairly.”
Although Herring, who has been a licensed doctor for almost 40 years, created a plan to correct his lack of admitting privileges over several months, it was deemed inadequate.
Two same-sex couples in Texas have asked a federal judge to hear their case challenging the 2005 amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage. The couples will appear today in a San Antonio federal district court.
Marlise Munoz, the brain-dead pregnant Texas woman who was kept on life support against her and her family’s wishes, was finally disconnected from life support yesterday.
The attorneys said the fetus is “gestating within a dead and deteriorating body as the horrified family looks on.”
Latinas in Texas – where more than 60 reproductive health clinics have closed since 2010 – face such severely restricted and limited reproductive health care that their human rights are violated.
“We are disappointed by the Supreme Court’s failure to block this unnecessary, burdensome Texas law. It’s only purpose is to deny women access to abortion – an essential part of women’s reproductive health care.”
“I’m not suggesting you actually take a woman to an abortion clinic. It’s a Wonderful opportunity to minister to an abortion minded woman for an hour while you DON’T take her to the clinic.”
“We now look to the Supreme Court to protect women’s access to these essential health care services while we fight this critical court battle.”
“Today’s decision has averted a catastrophic health crisis for women across the state of Texas.”
A restrictive voter identification law took effect in Texas yesterday – the same day that early voting for the state’s November 5 elections began – despite an ongoing lawsuit by the Department of Justice to stop it.
Wendy Davis announced yesterday that she will run for Texas governor in the November 2014 elections.
Planned Parenthood closed two rural Texas clinics last week.
Texas House Representative Harold Dutton Jr. (D) has introduced HB45, a counter-measure that would halt any further abortion restrictions until the state bans capital punishment.
Over 700 Texans last night successfully blocked HB 60, a state bill that would shut down all but 5 abortion providers in the state, from passing in the state House as part of a “people’s filibuster.” The legislation passed through the Senate Tuesday.