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What’s Next in the Battle Over the Texas Abortion Law?

Abortion rights supporters and opponents in Texas are awaiting a ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in an ongoing legal battle over an abortion law Texas legislators passed last year. The law, as written, requires (among other provisions) that all clinics providing abortions in Texas meet the same standards as hospital-style surgical centers. […]

Abortion rights supporters and opponents in Texas are awaiting a ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in an ongoing legal battle over an abortion law Texas legislators passed last year.

The law, as written, requires (among other provisions) that all clinics providing abortions in Texas meet the same standards as hospital-style surgical centers. Lawyers for those clinics argue that requirement is arbitrary and cost-prohibitive, and has forced a number of clinics to close, limiting access to such services for women in much of the state. Last month, a federal judge in Austin agreed, and struck down the provision.

The State of Texas appealed, and on Friday, lawyers for the state and for clinics that provide abortions made their cases to the 5th Circuit, which could rule at most any time.

We talk with Houston Public Media News 88.7’s Carrie Feibel, who was in New Orleans last week to hear arguments before the 5th Circuit. We also consider the political and legal implications of this case, as we talk with University of Houston Assistant Professor of Political Science Brandon Rottinghaus, and Nicole Casarez, a Visiting Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Houston Law Center. And we welcome your thoughts too.

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