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U.S. 5th Circuit Court Overturns HB 2 Abortion Ruling

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Attorney General Greg Abbott's emergency appeal following the initial ruling has succeeded in allowing the admitting privilege restriction to go into effect.

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower federal district court's ruling that found a section of House Bill 2, Texas new abortion law to be unconstitutional.  

Starting Friday, Nov. 1 every clinic performing abortion will have to be staffed by doctors with admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles away from their facility.

In the 5th Circuit Court's opinion justices wrote:  

"There is a substantial likelihood that the state will prevail in its argument that Planned Parenthood failed to establish an undue burden on women seeking abortions or that the hospital-admitting-privileges requirement creates a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion."

In a statement released moments after the ruling was released, Attorney General Greg Abbott wrote:

"This unanimous decision is a vindication of the careful deliberation by the Texas Legislature to craft a law to protect the health and safety of Texas women."