TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Oct 15, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has partly stayed a Texas abortion law that had closed all but eight of the state’s abortion clinics, the ABA Journal reports. As a result of the Court's order on Tuesday, 13 abortion clinics can reopen. One of the law’s requirements said abortion-clinic doctors in Texas must have admission privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic. A second requirement said abortion clinics must upgrade their facilities to be equipped as hospital-style ambulatory surgical centers, even when they only use drugs to perform abortions. The stay will remain in effect while the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules on a constitutional challenge to the law.