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New Texas Abortion Law Faces Second Challenge In Court

Starting September 1, abortion clinics in Texas will have to meet a new tougher standard. They will have to be ambulatory surgical centers. It’s another measure of House Bill 2, the abortion law passed a year ago in a special legislative session.

This week abortion providers in Texas went to federal court looking to prove that the new standard is unnecessary and puts a substantial burden on women in Texas looking to legally terminate a pregnancy.

The state of Texas, along with pro-life organizations, say the standards are needed and the resulting closing down of abortion clinics around the state is an unintended consequence of the law.

Mary Tuma is a news editor at the Austin Chronicle and covered the trial.

David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi