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Abortion Clinics Could Close After Court Rules Texas Restrictions Are Constitutional

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans Tuesday upheld nearly all of the provisions in a controversial law which could leave fewer than ten health clinics in Texas that provide abortions. The three judge panel upheld House Bill 2‘s requirements for such facilities to meet the standards of hospital-style surgical […]

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans Tuesday upheld nearly all of the provisions in a controversial law which could leave fewer than ten health clinics in Texas that provide abortions.

The three judge panel upheld House Bill 2‘s requirements for such facilities to meet the standards of hospital-style surgical centers and for doctors who perform abortions to obtain admitting privileges to nearby hospitals.

The law is now due to take effect in three weeks unless the U.S. Supreme Court steps in just as it did last fall when it paused implementation while the appellate court heard the case.

Opponents intend to appeal directly to the Supreme Court, but will the nation’s highest court agree to hear it? On this edition of Houston Matters, we ask Allison Winnike, Research Assistant Professor at the University of Houston Law Center’s Health Law and Policy Institute.

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