Federal court of appeals rules on abortion law

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuiton June 9 upheld the constitutionality of House Bill 2, the state abortion law revised by the Texas Legislaturein a July 2013 special session. HB 2 and its provisions may be applied throughout Texas, the panel stated in a 56-page ruling, but drew two narrow exceptions: (1) a health clinic that performs abortions in McAllen may continue to function without upgrading its facilities to comply with standards set for ambulatory surgical centers; and (2) the law’s admitting privileges requirement does not apply to a certain medical doctor when he is working at the McAllen facility. Elsewhere, a physician performing an abortion must have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the location where the abortion is performed in accordance with the 2013 law

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