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.
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.
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.”
First congressional redistricting; then, in short succession, voter ID and the state House maps. In less than two weeks, the Republican-dominated Texas Legislature has been dealt three critical blows to their legal fights to retain voter laws and districts that the courts have now found discriminate against the state‘s minority voters.
It turns out when you put an anti-choice group headed by a woman with a tenuous grasp of basic medical science in charge of increasing access to reproductive health care, you don’t get the results you’re looking for.