October 7, 2013 — Oct. 21 will be the first day in federal court for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services and 11 other advocacy groups that filed a lawsuit last month challenging part of a new Texas law (HB 2), KETR reports (Poppe, KETR, 10/3).
The lawsuit challenges provisions that require physicians to administer medication abortion drugs in person and for all physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.
The suit argues that the law violates Texas women's constitutional rights by denying them access to abortion. Planned Parenthood attorneys said the law "imposes medically unwarranted and burdensome requirements that will dramatically reduce access to abortion in Texas."
Jim George, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs, said they are not challenging the provision that bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy in order to focus on provisions that will have a more immediate effect (Women's Health Policy Report, 9/30).