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Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Texas Abortion Law

A federal appeals court gave the OK for Texas to reinstate a controversial abortion law while its legal fate is being decided and reversed a decision issued earlier this week blocking the law, which now goes back into effect immediately. It requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and limits medication-induced abortions.

The New York Times: In Reversal, Court Allows Texas Law on Abortion
Only three days after a federal judge blocked a new Texas law that threatened to shut down many of the state’s abortion clinics, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans, reversed the decision, saying the rule should take effect while the case is argued in the months to come (Eckholm, 10/31).

NPR: Appeals Court Gives Texas OK To Enforce Abortion Law
A federal appeals court has granted a Texas request to reinstate restrictions on abortion providers after a lower court blocked the state from fully implementing the new law. The stay follows a ruling by District Judge Lee Yeakel on Monday -- a day before the law was to have gone into effect. It requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinics they practice in (Neuman, 10/31).

Los Angeles Times: Strict Texas Abortion Law Takes Effect
A federal appeals court allowed most of Texas' new abortion restrictions to take effect immediately, lifting an injunction Thursday that had suspended much of the law. The decision came three days after U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin blocked restrictions that he found unconstitutional, including one that requires doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and another that limits medication-induced abortions (Hennessy-Fiske, 10/31).

USA Today: Court Reinstates Most Of Texas' New Abortion Restrictions
A federal appeals court reinstated most of Texas' tough new restrictions on abortions Thursday in a ruling that means as many as a dozen clinics around the state will not be able to continue performing procedures. The restrictions could take effect Friday, stopping abortion procedures in at least one-third of the state's licensed health centers, according to opponents of the law (Welch, 10/31).

Houston Chronicle: Appeals Court Allows Abortion Restrictions To Begin
A federal appeals court ruling Thursday gives Texas the green light to start enforcing a new abortion restriction that a lower court judge said posed an undue burden on women. The decision by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals was a huge victory for Attorney General Greg Abbott and Texas abortion opponents, temporarily lifting an injunction that prevented the provisions from going into effect (Rauf, 10/31).

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