Advocates Want U.S. Supreme Court To Block Texas Law

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Abortion providers on Monday asked the Supreme Court to block a lower federal court ruling that allowed Texas to enforce tough restrictions effectively closing all but seven abortion facilities in America’s second most-populous state.

The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, representing Texas physicians and women’s health care providers, filed a 50-plus page emergency application with the high court Monday. It argued that “no credible evidence suggests that the challenged requirements would enhance the safety of abortion procedures.”

The center is seeking to reinstate — until all appeals are exhausted — an injunction imposed earlier by a lower court judge against the sweeping law overwhelmingly approved by the GOP-controlled state Legislature in 2013.

In August, Austin-based U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel blocked a provision of the law requiring clinics to pay for hospital-level upgrades to meet Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) standards…

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