Court rules that Texas’ abortion law may continue

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HOUSTON, TX – Another day, another decision. The abortion battle in Texas has become so confusing even those protesting outside Planned Parenthood don’t seem to know the latest.

“Today, I think the decision on Monday indicated that it was not alright for women to, uh… well, let me think about it for a second,” protestor Nicholas Van Cleve said outside Planned Parenthood’s Gulf Freeway headquarters today.

“Okay, I’m actually, like, I’m not the most familiar with it, to be honest,” fellow protestor Devyn Weymouth admitted.

As fast as the changes keep coming, it’s a wonder anyone can keep up. For those of you still in the dark, here’s the latest: last night, while most of us were trick-or-treating, a three-judge-panel from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel’s ruling that parts of Texas’ new abortion law were unconstitutional. Specifically, the provision concerning the requirement that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where the abortion is to be performed.

“This is a terrible decision that’s going to wipe out access for many women in certain areas of the state,” Planned Parenthood’s Alejandra Diaz said today.

The decision is not permanent. Instead the court ruled that starting November 1st Texas may enforce its law until a full hearing on the matter can be held in January, saying in part that while the law has the incidental effect of making abortions more difficult or expensive, it is not designed to strike at the right, itself.

A different panel of judges will likely hear the case in January and it’s possible the matter will go all the way to the Supreme Court before a permanent decision is made. Until then, however, the battle will go on.

“Hooray for the babies,” Houstonian Pete Lanigan exclaimed, “that’s what we’re focusing on is the babies, here.”