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Video Round Up: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Texas Clinic Restrictions, Report Finds Abortion Rates Declining

Video Round Up: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Texas Clinic Restrictions, Report Finds Abortion Rates Declining

June 18, 2015 — In today's clips, stakeholders speak with MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry about how a federal ruling that upholds an antiabortion-rights Texas law will close clinics and limit access to abortion care. Elsewhere, HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski weighs in on the reasons behind the declining abortion rates reported in a recent Associated Press analysis, among other reproductive-rights topics.


MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry talks with reproductive-rights advocates about the potential fallout of a decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold parts of a Texas law (HB 2) that requires clinics to meet ambulatory surgical center building requirements. Specifically, she discusses why abortion-rights advocates are moving forward with an appeal to the Supreme Court.

In the clip, Whole Woman's Health President and CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller notes that implementing the law will cause the number of abortion care facilities in the state to drop to "what's likely to be eight ambulatory surgical centers," down from the 41 clinics in operation before the law's passage. Hagstrom Miller also discusses plans to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court, noting that because the clinics have "gotten some relief from the Supreme Court already in this case," they are "fairly optimistic that the Supreme Court is definitely going to look at this and ... hopefully provide relief to the communities that need [the clinics]" (Harris-Perry, MSNBC, 6/14).


HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski reports on an Associated Press analysis that found "abortion rates were declining in nearly every state" and discusses the debate over the reasons behind the drop, which abortion-rights supporters have attributed to improved contraceptive access.

Minkovski cites findings in the report that found the only two states with "'significant increases in abortions since 2010" -- Michigan and Louisiana -- "'have passed laws intended to restrict'" the procedure. Relatedly, she touches on a new mandatory delay law (HB 465) in North Carolina and the federal court ruling on Texas' HB 2 (Minkovski, HuffPost Live, 6/11).