Federal judge strikes down Texas abortion law


For the third time this year, a federal judge has tossed out an abortion-related regulation in Texas — this time a law banning a common second-trimester procedure unless doctors first employ an added procedure to ensure fetal demise.

In a ruling issued Wednesday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel of Austin said the law requires doctors to use risky, unproven and medically unnecessary methods to cause fetal demise before beginning a dilation and evacuation abortion, the safest and most common procedure after the 15th week of pregnancy.

“The court is unaware of any other medical context that requires a doctor — in contravention of the doctor’s medical judgment and the best interest of the patient — to conduct a medical procedure that delivers no benefit to the woman,” Yeakel wrote.

Click here to read the full report on why Texas’ abortion law was struck down and how the state plans to respond.



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