Last Week: So manyTexas abortion providers are on the verge of closing that they’ll only be left around the state’s major cities. Meanwhile, South Carolina’s dangerous 20-week ban would even apply to victims of rape or incest. Plus, gynoticians lose in Iowa, where telemed abortion bans were ruled unconstitutional.
Thursday, June 18, 2015, By Anna M. Tinsley, via Star-Telegram
A group of abortion providers has asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hold off on enforcing the final pieces of Texas’ comprehensive abortion law known as House Bill 2 until they can appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
If their plea is rejected, or not answered, more abortion clinics in Texas will close by July 1, leaving facilities only in the urban areas of Fort Worth, Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and possibly McAllen.
Bad Just Got Worse
Thursday, June 18, 2015, By Jenny Kutner, via Salon
Imitating the lack of concern for victims of rape and incest displayed in other southern states this legislative session, lawmakers in South Carolina have agreed to drop exemptions for survivors of such crimes from a controversial 20-week abortion ban.
Take THAT, Gynoticians!
Friday, June 19, 2015, By Tony Leys, via The Des Moines Register
The justices decided 6-0 that the Iowa Board of Medicine's rule violated women's rights under the state and federal constitutions. The court noted that telemedicine is being used to provide many other types of health care. But the medical board only focused on telemedicine's use for abortion when it imposed a requirement that doctors personally perform physical exams on patients, the justices wrote. "It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the board's medical concerns about telemedicine are selectively limited to abortion."
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