Federal judge strikes down Texas ban on common abortion procedure

November 22, 2017 - 4:53 pm

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- A new Texas law aiming to restrict access to a common second-trimester abortion procedure will remain blocked, following a Wednesday evening court ruling.

Judge Lee Yeakel handed down a permanent injunction against the portion of Senate Bill 8 that restricts the dilation and evacuation procedure, ruling that the provision places an "undue burden" on women seeking second-trimester abortions in the state of Texas.

Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed suit in July on behalf of several women's health providers across the state, leading to a temporary restraining order issued on August 31 preventing the ban from going into effect.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the state will immediately appeal the ruling to the 5th Circuit, saying in a statement that "no just society should tolerate the tearing of living human beings to pieces. We are hopeful the 5th Circuit will respect the will of the Texas Legislature by upholding Texas’ lawful authority to protect the dignity of innocent unborn children as they die."


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