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Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services et al. v. Abbott

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services et al. v. Abbott

Challenge in federal court to Texas law that imposes restrictions on medication abortion (including forcing physicians to administer medication in an outdated manner and requiring several in-person visits with a physician) and requires all physicians who perform abortions to have active admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. The Federal Court enjoined enforcement of the provision requiring admitting privileges. The Federal Court enjoined enforcement of the medication abortion restrictions in cases where the physician determines that preservation of the life or health of the mother requires violating the provision; in all other cases, the medication abortion restrictions stand. The case was appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Fifth Circuit issued a Stay of the Federal Court’s injunction of the admitting privileges requirement, thus the admitting privileges provision is in effect until a further hearing on the appeal. The Fifth Circuit also narrowed the injunction regarding medication abortion, enjoining enforcement only if the patient is 50 to 63 days from her last menstrual period and the physician who is to perform the abortion determines that a surgical abortion is not a safe option due to the patient’s physical abnormality or preexisting condition. (See the complaint here. See the injunction here. See the stay here.)