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
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Sub-freezing temperatures and an approaching upper level disturbance could combine to produce some patchy freezing drizzle or sleet Saturday and early Sunday morning.