This ban is about cutting off abortion access, and nothing else. In no other area of medicine would politicians consider preventing doctors from using a standard procedure. — Amy Hagstrom Miller, the president of Whole Woman's Health
This ban is about cutting off abortion access, and nothing else. In no other area of medicine would politicians consider preventing doctors from using a standard procedure. — Amy Hagstrom Miller, the president of Whole Woman's Health
Federal appeals court upholds Texas law restricting second-trimester abortion procedure
Wednesday's decision amounts to the first time that a US federal court has upheld a restriction on the procedure known as dilation and evacuation, as other states' similar bans have been blocked or aren't fully enforced, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights, which deemed the ruling a major blow to abortion access for women in the state.

The ruling comes amid a slew of legal fights in Republican-led states in the wake of the Supreme Court's growing conservative tilt and the hopes of many anti-abortion-rights activists that the court could curtail abortion rights nationwide.

In a split decision Wednesday, the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals found the Texas law to be constitutional and that the lower court's opinion that prevented it from taking effect "rested on bad law, bad facts, and bad math."

However, the Guttmacher Institute, which advocates for reproductive rights, said the dilation and evacuation procedure is widely used, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has referred to it as "evidence-based and medically preferred because it results in the fewest complications for women compared to alternative procedures."

A group of abortion clinics and individual doctors had challenged the Texas law in 2017.

The district court that year found that the Texas measure amounted to a ban on all dilation and evacuation abortions and imposed an undue burden on a large portion of Texas women.

... "This ban is about cutting off abortion access, and nothing else," Amy Hagstrom Miller, the president of Whole Woman's Health, a plaintiff in the case, said in a statement. "In no other area of medicine would politicians consider preventing doctors from using a standard procedure."
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