Monday, November 27, 2017

Federal judge strikes down Texas abortion ban

CNN (Nov. 24, 2017): Federal judge strikes down Texas abortion ban, by Meg Wagner

Last Wednesday a federal district court judge overturned a controversial law in Texas which "banned doctors from performing dilation and evacuation abortions," a common abortion procedure typically done during a second-trimester abortion and the most common type of abortion procedure after 15 weeks. 

Judge Lee Yeakel wrote, "that a woman may make the decision to have an abortion before a fetus may survive outside her womb is solely and exclusively the woman's decision. The power to make this decision is her right."

The bill prohibited doctors from performing dilation and evacuation abortions unless they first stopping the fetus's heartbeat using another method. Many abortion providers challenged the law after it was signed by the governor in June of 2017. They argued that by banning this type of abortion procedure, women would have to seek more risky procedures. 

The Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton, says he plans to appeal Judge Yeakel's decision all the way to the Supreme Court if needed. Paxton stated, "during a five-day trial this month in district court, we created a record unlike any other in exposing the horrors of dismemberment abortions. No just society should tolerate the tearing of living human beings to pieces."

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