U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel overturned parts of Texas’ strict abortion law on Monday.
Judge Yeakel ruled that the part of the law that required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic “does not bear a rational relationship to the legitimate right of the State in preserving and promoting fetal life or a woman’s health,” and that it “places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion of a nonviable fetus and is thus an undue burden to her.” Judge Yeakel also ruled that women no longer needed to be under a doctor’s supervision to take two pills on two different days to terminate a pregnancy. The change means that doctors can now allow patients to have a medical abortion at home instead of at a doctor’s office. These two parts of the law will not take effect on Tuesday, which is when the rest of the law will go into effect, reports The Washington Post.
“Today’s ruling marks an important victory for Texas women and sends a clear message to lawmakers: It is unconstitutional for politicians to pass laws that take personal, private decisions away from women and their doctors,” Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, told The Los Angeles Times.
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