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5th Circuit's ruling shuts down abortion clinics in Texas

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by Joseph Earnest  October 2, 2014   


Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Texas can begin to enforce an anti-abortion law that pro-choice campaigners say will close all but a handful of clinics. Critics say the measures are a backdoor effort to outlaw abortions.  

A panel of the US 5th Circuit Court in New Orleans ruled on Thursday that Texas can begin to enforce restrictions that pro-choice advocates say will force all but seven clinics in the state to close.

The restrictions demand that clinics spend millions of dollars on hospital-level upgrades. While conservatives - including the state's Republican governor, Rick Perry - say the changes are aimed at women's health, opponents say they are an attempt to preventing terminations from taking place.

Abortion rights campaigners described Thursday as "a devastating day for Texas women."

The subsequent New Orleans ruling means that while the federal appeals court weighs the constitutionality of the law - the state of Texas can press ahead with enforcing the rules.

Democrat Wendy Davis launched a campaign for governor after gaining notoriety for her 13-hour filibuster, which blocked the bill from being passed in the state Senate.

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 Source: Deutsche Welle













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