A federal judge struck down key portions of a new Texas abortion bill, set to take effect today (29 October) as unconstitutional, says CNN. The abortion bill has been called one of the most restrictive in the United States.
Filed in U.S. District Court in Austin by Planed Parenthood on behalf of more than 12 women’s healthcare providers in Texas, the lawsuit claims that the new bill violates the constitutional rights of Texas women and puts unreasonable demands on doctors who perform abortions.
The suit specifically targets requirements that doctors have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic and usage controls on the drug used to induce abortions.
The law prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy took effect Tuesday as scheduled.