While the media and those in Texas may get excited about this…
Bear in mind this same judge tried before to stop part of the law only to be overruled by a Federal Appeals court in New Orleans…
The Texas Attorney general WILL appeal the ruling….
There HAVE been recent rulings from OTHER Federal judges that have prevented clinic shutdowns in Mississippi and Alabama….
A federal judge in Austin, Tex., on Friday blocked a stringent new rule that would have forced more than half the state’s remaining abortion clinics to close.
The rule, requiring all abortion clinics to meet the building standards of hospital-style surgery centers, was set to take effect on Monday. But in his opinion, Judge Lee Yeakel of the United States District Court in Austin said that the mandate placed an unconstitutional burden on a women’s right to an abortion.
“We are extremely pleased by Judge Yeakel’s ruling today,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, chief executive of Whole Woman’s Health, which operates abortion clinics in the state and was a plaintiff in the suit.
“As he clearly states in his decision, requiring every abortion clinic to turn into a surgical center is excessive and not based on good medicine,” Ms. Hagstrom Miller said.
A spokeswoman for the Texas attorney general, Lauren Bean, said the state “disagrees with the court’s ruling and will seek immediate relief from the Fifth Circuit, which has already upheld H.B. 2 once.”Share on Facebook