In a court order issued Thursday, U.S. Judge Lee Yeakel has placed a short-term halt on an upcoming Texas law that would have banned women from accessing dilation and evacuation, or D&E abortion, considered the safest and most common method during the second trimester (around 15 weeks of pregnancy) by health professionals.
Austin’s Convention Center will not serve as a “mega shelter” for Harvey evacuees after all. While crews prepared the Downtown building for the arrival of potentially 7,000 guests on Thursday morning, the state updated its request for Austin with numbers now anticipating only 1,500-2,000 incoming folks.
In a heavily anticipated ruling, U.S. Judge Orlando Garcia has blocked major portions of Senate Bill 4, the new "papers, please"-style state law that has already instilled fear and dread in immigrant communities.
The rain may have stopped, but Harvey continues to wreak havoc across Texas. Last weekend’s storm dumped more than 11 trillion gallons of water around the state, causing historic flooding in Houston and some of the state’s most beloved coastal respites.
Attorneys with the Center for Reproductive Rights were in a federal court in Austin today to argue that a new anti-choice law, set to go into effect this Friday (Sept. 1), would unduly burden Texas women seeking abortion access and subject them to “medical experimentation.”
Tropical Storm Harvey continues to dump rain on Texas. On Monday, during a brief respite here in Austin, the storm curved up along the Gulf Coast toward Louisiana – though it’s likely to return to Central Texas by Wednesday.