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Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional

By Paul J. Weber, Associated Press

Published: Sat, Aug. 30 7:51 p.m. MDT

 In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, the Hilltop Women's Reproductive clinic is photographed in El Paso, Texas. A federal judge Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sided with clinics that sued over one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2013.

In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, the Hilltop Women's Reproductive clinic is photographed in El Paso, Texas. A federal judge Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sided with clinics that sued over one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2013.

(Juan Carlos Llorca, File, Associated Press)

AUSTIN, Texas — Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled Friday that Texas has reached a "tipping point" with new laws that he called state-imposed obstacles to a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.

His decision throws out requirements that threatened to effectively close more than a dozen clinics.

Court records show the Attorney General's office has filed an appeal of the ruling.

Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed the law in 2013. He and other conservatives say the requirements are necessary to protect women's health.

The new rules had been set to take effect Monday.

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1. HeresAThought
Queen Creek, AZ,
Aug. 30, 2014

Purely political. Else, why make this ruling 48 hours before the new laws take effect? How can one judge override the votes of a state that put this man into office? There are no amendments nor articles that give people the right to kill children, so how can these new statutes be deemed unconstitutional? If abortion is deemed "healthcare" by the pathological left, then an abortion clinic is akin to an urgent care clinic. The difference is, real doctors with admitting privileges to hospitals work at urgent care.

The bottom line? There's a reason why liberals want free or cheap abortions available to minorities and those in dire financial straits: Liberals have pure contempt, borderline hate for those people. Why else would they want abortions so freely accessible? Maybe PBS will air a touching story about the near closing of Texas back-alley abortion clinics too?

2. tabuno
Clearfield, UT,
Aug. 30, 2014

While the Federal Judge's decision appears to abide to solid Constitutional holdings by the U.S. Supreme Court, the public and scholarly debate regarding abortion appears to be skimming over the most morally relevant issue about the fundamental human rights of being a person. Until serious discussion upon which abortion centers, there can never be any significant breakthrough on reaching any semblance of agreement on this matter.

3. worf
Mcallen, TX,
Aug. 30, 2014

Not all our judges are honorable.

4. Commenter88
Salt Lake City, Utah,
Aug. 31, 2014

There is no express right provided specifically for abortion in the US Constitution, but there is in Roe v. Wade, so that provides an inferred constitutional right. However, in the language of Roe v. Wade , the right is not granted absolutely. And there is nothing proscribing the regulation of abortion according to medical standards Roe v. Wade. So this is quite a radical interpretation of Roe v. Wade in itself, to say nothing of the US Constitution.

5. Furry1993
Ogden, UT,
Aug. 31, 2014

@worf 10:18 p.m. Aug. 30, 2014

Not all our judges are honorable.

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Thankfully the judge who made this decision is.