Nearly two-thirds of abortion clinics in Texas are being forced to immediately close — the result of a federal appeals court ruling that reinforced a state law that allows the government to require the facilities to abide by the same strict standards as hospitals.
The hospital-like requirement came via House Bill 2, but was struck down in August in federal court in Austin, the Los Angeles Times reported. There, the judge said the mandate was overly burdensome on women and unconstitutional. The mandate was delayed from taking effect while the state appealed.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the injunction must go. And that means only seven or eight of the state’s estimated 20 abortion clinics can currently continue operations, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Abortion rights activists aren’t pleased.