– Texas was sued by women’s health advocates over a rule they say will close all but 10 abortion clinics in the state because it forces them to meet the same physical standards as outpatient surgical centers.
Texas can require abortion doctors to affiliate with local hospitals, although it can’t enforce the ban while doctors apply for those rights, an appeals court said, overturning a federal judge’s finding that the measure places an unconstitutional burden on women seeking to end pregnancies.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that he views Edward Snowden as “more a criminal” than a whistle blower for leaking classified documents on the U.S. National Security Agency’s spying program.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn, the chamber’s No. 2 Republican, won nomination for another term yesterday as he garnered more than 50 percent of the Texas primary vote to avoid a runoff with a Tea Party challenger.
Texans will have to prove who they are to cast ballots today, beginning a series of U.S state elections that will show the effect of laws pushed by Republicans requiring photo identification at the polls.
A federal judge said Texas’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and should be blocked while opponents seek to overturn it, granting a victory to supporters of gay unions in the nation’s second-largest state.