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"...During arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month, an attorney representing a group of Texas abortion providers claimed the clinic regulations found in House Bill 2 pose an undue burden on women, as they are now being forced to travel much further for abortion care...."
"...As expected, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott filed an appeal to the 5th Circuit Court Sunday to overturn a recent federal court ruling that found parts of Texas’ abortion law, House Bill 2, unconstitutional...."
"...In Day 2 of the trial to combat provisions of Texas’ abortion-restrictive House Bill 2, a local reproductive health provider recounted the increased instances of state regulator visits following her involvement with the first lawsuit against HB 2, filed in 2013...."
"...Update: Suit plaintiff, Whole Woman’s Health, announced today that they will reopen their previously closed McAllen center (shut down in March as a result of HB 2) and continue abortion care services at their Ft. Worth and San Antonio clinics..."
"...During the recent trial challenging parts of the Texas abortion law – House Bill 2 – witnesses for the state consistently denied receiving help drafting their testimony defending the legislation expected to shut down all but a handful of clinics. And one by one, plaintiffs' attorneys (representing abortion providers) "refreshed" their memories – with email correspondence that revealed the fingerprints of one highly influential man – Vincent Rue..."
"...In ruling last week that portions of Texas' controversial abortion regulations law (House Bill 2) pass constitutional muster, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that evidence challenging the law, brought by abortion providers, lacked substance...."
"...In a historic victory for reproductive rights, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down two key parts of Texas’ draconian omnibus law, House Bill 2...."
"...Closing arguments took place Wednesday morning in the trial of the lawsuit against Texas’ abortion law, House Bill 2...."
"...Just less than a week after an appeals court upheld two provisions of the controversial House Bill 2, abortion providers on Wednesday filed a second lawsuit attacking the bill's hospital admitting privileges provision, and challenging the legality of a requirement that all clinics comply with standards devised for surgical centers...."
"...In New Orleans this morning, justices on the notoriously conservative 5th Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a critical line of questioning during a hearing to determine the fate of the final provision of Texas’ draconian abortion law, House Bill 2...."
"...In the fourth day of trial in the suit to block sections of Texas’ abortion law, House Bill 2, the state continued to offer witness testimony in U.S. Judge Lee Yeakel’s Austin federal courtroom on Thursday that has been aided and edited by national anti-abortion figure, Dr..."
"...Among the state defense witnesses who took the stand on the third day of trial against Texas’ abortion-restricting House Bill 2 were two women with overt objections to abortion and one physician whose testimony in support of abortion regulations was recently discredited by a federal court...."
"...After accusations of a department-wide strategic cover-up of key abortion data lodged by the ACLU of Texas, the Department of State Health Services released finalized statistics on abortion for 2014, the first full year after Texas’ anti-choice House Bill 2 went into effect, on Thursday afternoon...."
"...In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court halted key provisions of Texas abortion law, House Bill 2, from taking effect...."
"...In another devastating but anticipated blow to Texas reproductive rights, the full 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request made by abortion providers to rehear their initial case against the state’s four-part abortion law, House Bill 2...."
"...Newly released data, collected directly from Texas abortion providers, shows what many reproductive health leaders and advocates have anticipated in the post House Bill 2 landscape – a drop in the number of legal abortions...."
"...House Bill 2, the sweeping abortion regulations bill, passed out of the House State Affairs Committee shortly after midnight on an 8-3 vote after Rep. Byron Cook, committee chair, unceremoniously cut off questions of bill author Rep..."
"...The second legal battle to halt House Bill 2 begins Monday in U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel's Austin courtroom..."
"...It's been more than nine months since state lawmakers passed the controversial abortion regulations known as House Bill 2 – that’s the same amount of time that a group of protesters arrested at the Capitol last July have been waiting to learn whether they'll be formally charged in connection with their activism against the abortion measure...."
"...A federal lawsuit filed against the state of Texas this morning by reproductive rights advocates on behalf of abortion providers across the state challenges two significant provisions of House Bill 2, the controversial omnibus anti-abortion law, enacted this summer during a second special-called legislative session...."
"...Following yesterday’s 5th Circuit Court ruling that allowed Texas’ abortion law, House Bill 2, to take effect, only one out of three surviving reproductive health care providers remains in Austin...."
"...For more than 30 years, obstetricians Lamar Robinson and Jasbir Ahluwalia provided legal abortion care at licensed women's clinics. And after the legislature last year passed House Bill 2, requiring that all abortion doctors receive hospital admitting privileges, the doctors sought and received privileges at University General Hospital Dallas...."
"...The Capitol Auditorium was a veritable who's who of anti-choice politics this morning as lawmakers and advocates from across the state gathered to see Gov. Rick Perry sign into law House Bill 2, the sweeping abortion regulations bill passed last week after months of debate and protest...."
"...The lawsuit largely tackles the final part of the package bill (House Bill 2), a requirement that forces clinics to comply with the same building codes as ambulatory surgical centers. Set to go into effect Sept..."
"...Orange-clad opponents of the controversial abortion regulations House Bill 2 rose from their chairs while singing Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" as the Senate Health and Human Services Committee this morning voted 6-3 along party lines to pass the measure onto the full body for consideration...."
"...The U.S. Supreme Court has prevented the final part of Texas abortion law, House Bill 2, from taking effect..."
"...The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the state of Texas, finding that the hospital admitting privileges requirement for abortion clinics and restricted protocol for administering pharmaceutical abortions, both contained in controversial abortion regulations House Bill 2, are constitutional...."
"...Hellerstedt (formerly v. Cole), filed by a group of Texas abortion providers including Whole Woman’s Health, Austin Women’s Health Center, Killeen Women’s Health Center, and Reproductive Services, challenges two of the four provisions of 2013 House Bill 2..."
"...District Judge Lee Yeakel has struck down parts of Texas’ abortion law, finding the regulations unconstitutional. The effect of the law - predicted to shutter all but six clinics in Texas - places an “undue burden on women” wrote Yeakel in his 21-page opinion...."
"...On Aug. 29, offering relief to pro-choice advocates and beleaguered abortion clinics on the brink of closure, U.S..."
"...Hundreds of pro-choice Austin residents, including local politicians and abortion care advocates, flooded Scholz Garten Monday afternoon to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down two parts of Texas’ draconian House Bill 2..."
"...Supreme Court. "It's been a long and arduous road to get to today's filing, but that's nothing compared to the obstacles that Texas women seeking reproductive health services will face if the Supreme Court of the United States denies our request and allows HB 2 to fully go into effect," said Amy Hagstrom Miller, president of Whole Woman's Health, one of the plaintiffs in the suit against state officials...."
"...Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt challenges two provisions of House Bill 2, the draconian 2013 package law pushed by anti-choice Texas legislators: a rule that forces physicians to secure admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic, and regulations that transform clinics into ambulatory surgical centers (ASC)..."
"...In a heavily anticipated ruling on Whole Women's Health v. Cole, the conservative New Orleans-based court upheld the final provision of Texas' multi-part 2013 abortion law, House Bill 2, forcing clinics to comply with the same costly building guidelines as ambulatory surgical centers – a standard deemed wholly unnecessary and even dangerous by reproductive rights advocates and many medical experts, including the American Medical Association...."
"...3, the parking lot of Planned Parenthood on Ben White Boulevard overflowed; in "crisis management" mode, the relatively small staff scrambled to keep up with the unprecedented volume of vulnerable, abortion-seeking patients. Within 24 hours, the center would become the sole abortion care provider in Austin...."
"...In a rare victory for Texas pro-choice advocates and reproductive health providers, the U.S. Supreme Court halted key provisions of Texas abortion law, House Bill 2, from taking effect, pending ongoing appeals...."
"...In a 5-4 stay, SCOTUS granted plaintiffs of Whole Woman's Health v. Cole their request to halt the final provision of 2013 anti-abortion law House Bill 2 from being enacted as scheduled on July 1...."
"...In New Orleans last Wednesday, Jan. 7, justices on the notoriously conservative 5th Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a critical line of questioning during a hearing to determine the fate of the final provision of Texas' draconian abortion law, House Bill 2...."
"...“It’s been a long and arduous road to get to today’s filing, but that’s nothing compared to the obstacles that Texas women seeking reproductive health services will face if the Supreme Court of the United States denies our request and allows HB2 to fully go into effect,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, president and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health, one of the plaintiffs in the ongoing case against state officials...."
"...In day two of the trial to block provisions of Texas' abortion-restrictive House Bill 2, a local reproductive health care provider recounted the increased state regulator visits following her involvement with the first lawsuit against HB 2, filed in 2013. Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and CEO of Whole Woman's Health, testified Tuesday that before her network of health clinics filed suit last year, clinic deficiencies reported by the state were rare..."
"...House Bill 2 by Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, would ban abortion after 20 weeks except in very limited circumstances; require doctors to follow a legislatively specified protocol, including mandated dosing levels when administering RU-486, the medical abortion drug; would require all abortion-providing clinics to transform into expensive ambulatory surgical centers (although standard abortion procedures are not medically considered surgery); and would mandate that doctors who perform abortions have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of each facility (difficult to acquire, and unnecessary for outpatient procedures) where they perform the procedure..."
"...Until at least Nov. 12, the new Texas abortion restrictions are in the hands of the U.S..."
"...Closing arguments took place Wednesday morning in the trial of the lawsuit against provisions of Texas' abortion law, House Bill 2. Plaintiffs suing the state to block implementation of parts of the law reiterated that the legislation poses an "undue burden" on abortion-seeking women, by requiring them to travel long distances for care, and imposing medically unnecessary facility standards..."
"...The first part of the omnibus legislation, which fully took effect on Nov. 1 last year, bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, forces women to follow outdated protocol and make more trips to the clinic when undergoing medication abortion and requires physicians to have admitting privileges at a hospital no further than 30 miles of where the abortion is performed...."
"...Just hours before it was scheduled to take effect Tuesday morning, federal District Judge Lee Yeakel on Monday afternoon invalidated a key portion of the sweeping abortion regulations measure House Bill 2, passed this summer during a special legislative session...."
"...In a lengthy session Tuesday, GOP House members rejected all proposed amendments to House Bill 2, Rep. Jodie Laubenberg's sweeping abortion regulations bill..."
"...It would seem that abortion foes would rest on their laurels after winning the SCOTUS bonus round of the HB 2 fight. After all, that decision means that abortion services will continue to be suspended at clinics across Texas..."
"...On Tuesday evening, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene and stay a provision of controversial state House Bill 2 that requires abortion-performing doctors to have hospital-admitting privileges within 30 miles of each facility where they provide care...."
"...Days after an appeals court upheld two provisions of the controversial House Bill 2, abortion providers today said they will file a second lawsuit, again attacking the hospital admitting privileges provision, and lodging a new attack against the legality of a requirement that clinics comply with standards devised for surgical centers...."
"...The U.S. Supreme Court this afternoon declined to intervene and stay a provision of controversial House Bill 2 that requires abortion-performing doctors to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of each facility where they provide care...."