– 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.
An Arizona law limiting women’s access to drug-induced abortions took effect today after a judge refused to block a 2012 overhaul of abortion regulations that opponents called the most extreme in the nation.
A dispute over an Alabama law requiring abortion clinic doctors to have hospital admitting privileges must be resolved at a trial, a judge ruled four days after a U.S. appeals court upheld a similar Texas statute.
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.
Planned Parenthood won a state court ruling blocking Texas from cutting off public funds to its clinics that don’t provide abortion services the day after a federal appeals court refused to hear a related dispute.