Friday, October 3, 2014

Abortion Clinics Must Close Immediately after 5th Circuit Allows Enforcement of TX Law


Abortion Clinics Must Close Immediately after Fifth Circuit Allows Enforcement of Texas Law

October 3, 2014

By Cheryl Sullenger

Austin, TX - Two years ago, there were over 40 abortion facilities operating in Texas with very little oversight. Yesterday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that could result in the immediate closure of 13 abortion facilities, leaving only seven open by this weekend.

A spot-check conducted by Operation Rescue early Friday morning of several facilities that are in known non-compliance with the law shows that some have already shut down while others continue to operate.

The ruling blocks a stay issued by a lower court on enforcement of Texas' HB2, which provides minimum safety standards for abortion businesses, until the State's appeal of the lower court's decision that the law is unconstitutional can be heard.