"...The state asserts that it is "undisputed" that abortions will remain available in Texas, even if women in need of care would have to travel farther in order to access those services. According to the state, Supreme Court precedent "establishes that travel distances of [the sort that would happen in Texas] do not qualify as an 'undue burden.'" Moreover, the state argues that the providers have never argued that Texas "enacted HB2's hospital-admitting-privileges requirement with the 'purpose' of imposing a substantial obstacle on abortion patients," reads the court filing...."
"...Newsdesk asked the Attorney General Greg Abbott’s staff for the AG's reaction to the lawsuit filed Friday morning against HB2 by a national coalition of reproductive rights organizations. It only took a day to receive the AG’s official response: “We have no comment.”..."
"...Grossman and researchers cast doubt on the ability of a handful of remaining ASCs to handle the influx of thousands of displaced patients: In 2012, only 21% of abortions were performed in ASCs, according to data from the Department of State Health Services. In the first six months after HB2 went into effect that figure has not substantially increased, researchers found..."
"...“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...."
"...The muttered options on the table are 1) Pass HB1 and HB2, then let HB3 quietly die and go home, or 2) Pass HB1 and HB2, go home today, then wait to see if the leadership (ie Gov. Rick Perry) has the stomach to get everyone back on Monday...."
"...Women in Austin are waiting up to as long as 20 days to see a physician, in contrast to waiting an average of five days or less before HB 2. Today, only two local clinics provide abortion services (Planned Parenthood South and Austin Women’s Health Center) – down from four before HB2..."
"...NARAL Pro-Choice TX Executive Director Heather Busby : “It is gravely disappointing that the 5th Circuit has put ideology above the law. HB2 is an undue burden on Texans’ access to safe, legal, and timely abortion care and was efficiently designed to close abortion clinics, not to protect the health and safety of Texans..."
"...What other health services do you want Texans to "just travel to New Mexico" to receive? #AskAbbott #HB2— Katy Waters-Cofer (@grrlforfashion) October 17, 2014 <..."
"...Miller also detailed the difficulty of leasing and purchasing ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) due to high cost and uncooperative financiers. Those who had previously provided financial assistance (even her own business partner), said Miller, declined more support, because the restrictions of HB2 are seen as too onerous to feasibly comply..."
"...As abortion providers have identified only one cremation company that will offer services that comply with the updated regulations at a reasonable cost, they worry that business will similarly be targeted and force the health clinics out of commission. Both Miller and Davis know well the impact of arbitrary abortion restrictions: HB2 forced three Whole Woman’s Health centers to close, including its flagship clinic in Austin, while Davis’ Killeen center shut its doors...."
"..."The Provider" Directors: Leah Galant, Maya Cueva Restrictive laws, such as HB2 in Texas, threaten abortion providers and force clinics to shut down or hire out-of-state practitioners. Some abortion doctors, such as Dr..."
"...With the rise of harsh abortion laws, investigators believe more women will take matters into their own hands. “This is the latest body of evidence demonstrating the negative implications of laws like HB2 that pretend to protect women but in reality place them, and particularly women of color and economically disadvantaged women, at significant risk,” said Grossman...."
"...U.S. Judge Lee Yeakel, ruling on HB2 in August 2014, largely agreed, writing, the “unconstitutional” law would place an "undue burden on women" and "undeniably reduce meaningful access to abortion care for women throughout Texas." The conservative 5th Circuit differed on its concept and mostly disregarded the drastic impact and the major barriers – including time off work, expense, child care etc..."
"...• Will SCOTUS Take Up HB2?: Today, Oct. 5, the U.S..."
"...Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, who helped sponsor Rodríguez’s bill against HB2, similarly filed a bill earlier this week (SB 707) that would expand preventative and contraceptive health care access for teenage mothers..."