AUSTIN (AP) — More than a dozen women's health providers have filed a federal lawsuit to block key provisions of a new abortion law that threw the Texas Legislature into chaos as it was approved.
Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union teamed up with the providers to sue Texas.
They filed their challenge Friday in Austin.
“The fight to protect women’s health care has moved from the state Capitol into the courts," the groups said in a statement when the legal action was filed. "If Texans showed America one thing during the historic protests against this law this summer, we demonstrated that Texans value women’s health — and that is why we oppose this dangerous law every step of the way."
The law requires doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allows abortions in surgical centers and bans the procedure after 20 weeks. It also limits medical abortions.
The suit seeks to block several provisions of the, including a requirement that physicians who provide abortion must obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital. The groups said the requirement would not provide any added medical care to patients.
The measure passed after a much-watched Democratic filibuster and protests on both sides of the issue at the Capitol.
The suit seeks an injunction blocking rules mandating surgical center admitting privileges and limiting medical abortions. Both provisions take effect Oct. 29.
Texas has 47 abortion clinics, but only five have surgical centers. Only one of those is in Austin
Family and friends held a vigil Wednesday at the State Capitol in hopes that a Bastrop man can win a new trial.
An unusually cold blast of arctic air arriving early Thursday will be followed by an increasing chance of freezing drizzle/rain and sleet by Friday morning.
The HealthCare.gov website is working more smoothly for central Texans.
City leaders in West Lake Hills discussed the ongoing concern with the city's water system Wednesday night. The problems arise when water is needed most; fighting fires.
Federal, state and local authorities on Wednesday arrested 15 people and seized 70 firearms in raid on a methamphetamine operation based in Burnet County.
Former Georgetown Police Officer Stephanie Brown said her ex-boyfriend, former Round Rock Officer Eric Poteet, made up accusations against her after she broke up with him.