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Lawsuit Seeks to Block Further Implementation of Texas Abortion Law

A trial is set to begin today in an Austin federal court over a lawsuit that seeks to block further implementation of the abortion legislation that passed in a special session of the Texas Legislature last year. Part of the law took effect last November, which reduced the number of places in Texas that can […]

A trial is set to begin today in an Austin federal court over a lawsuit that seeks to block further implementation of the abortion legislation that passed in a special session of the Texas Legislature last year.

Part of the law took effect last November, which reduced the number of places in Texas that can legally provide abortions by about half. Another provision will take effect Sept. 1, which could cut the number even further. The lawsuit, filed in April by abortion provider Whole Woman’s Health along with the Center for Reproductive Rights seeks to block that provision by challenging its constitutionality.

Houston Public Media’s health and science reporter Carrie Feibel has been following the case, and monitoring how many clinics have had to stop offering abortions – or close – because of the law. She talked with Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty to go over the numbers and explain the lawsuit.

More:

Half Of Texas Abortion Clinics Close After Restrictions Enacted (Carrie Feibel, NPR)

Half Of Texas Abortion Clinics Close Due To State Law (Carrie Feibel, Kaiser Health News)

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