Parts of Texas Abortion Law Blocked by Judge

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Texas students turn out to support Planned Parenthood. (Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas/Facebook)

In Texas, a restrictive new abortion law will go into effect today—but not without some last minute changes.

Yesterday, just hours before the new law was set to go into effect, a federal judge blocked a key part of the abortion law and handed a partial victory to abortion rights advocates.

In the decision the judge ruled that the law could not require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, which advocates say would force the closure of 1/3 of the clinics in Texas.

But the court upheld a separate measure that requires doctors to use a drug protocol that some have called out dated.

Joining The Takeaway to discuss the changes to the law is  Veronica Zaragovia, who has been covering this story for KUT Austin.


Veronica Zaragovia


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]


Now if only democrats would understand that this abortion behavior from republicans exactly mirrors their own on guns. Both setup roadblocks to be obnoxious to something they are against for no good reason, and both have to stop.

Oct. 29 2013 04:45 PM

Thank you for the photo of Texas State students "standing" for abortion rights.

It is fascinating to see young people advocating on this issue. Young people who were born in the era when abortion rights were protected by federal courts and when abortions were being normalized in the culture, by social advocacy from a left-leaning media. Abortions, nowadays, are legal and largely free of much social stigma.

And yet the students holding signs and "standing" with Planned Parenthood owe their existence to mothers who declined to exercise a certain "choice."

Oct. 29 2013 02:16 PM
Angel from Miami FL

There is something wrong with Texas. If it were a republic, it would look more like Afghanistan under the Talibans than like the 1850s free democracy the Texan politicians enjoy fantasizing about in stump speeches.

Oct. 29 2013 09:55 AM

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