Both sides show mixed reactions to abortion law ruling


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on October 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 10:14 PM

AUSTIN -- A federal judge’s decision to strike down part of a controversial abortion law is getting mixed reactions from both sides of the issue.

On Monday Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that new dosing regulations for the so-called "abortion pill," RU486, were not unconstitutional. He did however give doctors more leeway in situations where there may be a safety risk. 

“There are something like 18,000 abortions performed every year in Texas on women using RU486, the abortion pill. So that vastly increases the safety standards for those types of abortions on women,” said Joe Pojman with Texas Alliance for Life. 

Sarah Wheat of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas told KVUE that the organization is concerned that some of the requirements coming from politicians look like "junk science."

On Monday Judge Yeakel also struck down the requirement that abortion providers obtain hospital-admitting privileges within 30 miles of their practice.  The Judge says doing so is unconstitutional. 

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has already filed an appeal with the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Other changes to the Texas abortion law kick in at midnight Tuesday.



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