A Texas judge has ruled that key tenets of recently passed restrictions on abortion access are unconstitutional and will be delayed.
District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that the new requirements (rammed home by Rick Perry and his reactionary Republican allies) would prevent doctors in the state from caring for their patients, and would also unfairly restrict women’s’ access to clinics providing abortion.
According to the Huffington Post:
“Lawyers for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers brought the lawsuit, arguing that a requirement that doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic would force the closure of a third of the clinics in Texas. They also complained that requiring doctors to follow the Food and Drug Administration’s original label for an abortion-inducing drug would deny women the benefit of recent advances in medical science.”
During the trial, one of the abortion clinics revealed that it had applied for the new admitting privileges at 32 hospitals. Only 15 hospitals have responded to the applications, and not a single one has announced a decision.
Judge Yeakel’s ruling is not just an injunction delaying the measures–but a final decision— meaning that the case will now go to the 5th Circuit where the legal merits of it will be debated.
The ruling is a vindication for state Senator-turned-gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who came to national attention during her heroic filibuster of the atrocious abortion legislation in Texas.