In a brief filed this week with the United States Supreme Court, women’s health care providers in Texas continued to appeal the 2013 state law that imposed restrictions on access to abortion, claiming that the requirements would see the closure of 75 percent of the state’s facilities and prevent new ones from opening. According to Reuters, lawyers for Whole Woman’s Health and other clinics say the Texas state law poses an undue burden on women who wish to undergo the medical procedure.
The law requires that abortion providers have hospital-grade facilities and calls on physicians to have admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles –- an issue for many Texas facilities that cannot afford costly renovations or those in rural areas, far from hospitals. It was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge, but overturned by a New Orleans U.S. Court of Appeals in 2013.
A ruling in the appeal is expected in March.
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