Following Friday’s order – Texas Restricted Abortion Act has been re-enacted – for the time being. This is the latest twist in a confusing legal story that advocates say is having a “devastating effect” on suppliers and patients in the state.
Almost all abortions in Texas were banned when state abortion laws went into effect in early September. Then in early October, a judge temporarily suspended the ban, prompting some abortion clinics to reopen.
Which lasted two days.
A temporary order issued Friday by a federal appeals court could be revoked at any time if the court gives a more permanent verdict. But for now, it allows Texas to temporarily reintroduce a ban on most abortions.
So again, again appointments have been canceled, relatively in-room patients have been evacuated, and many have been forced to make last-minute trips to neighboring states to receive services.
And experts say that can go back and forth.
“This is not our first rodeo,” Molly Duane, a senior staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, told USA Today. “The pattern we saw last night is something we’re familiar with, and although it wasn’t unexpected, it was extremely frustrating. The damage done to patients is irreparable.”
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As the case goes through the appeal process, Duan said he hopes it will return to the U.S. Supreme Court soon.
But Brigitte Amiri, deputy director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, told USA Today that there could be many more legal avenues to follow, depending on what the Fifth U.S. Court of Appeals ultimately decides.
“We don’t have a crystal ball to predict its timing and the future, but of course I think we’ll see more of it in the coming weeks. A way to get to court faster,” he said.
Last month, the Supreme Court refused to rule on the constitutionality of Texas law, allowing it to remain in place. For many abortion supporters, the 5-4 vote, which was encouraged by the support of the conservative majority in court, was predicted to come to the fore.
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The legal backlash for patients and providers became ‘whiplash’
Since Texas abortion law has been tainted by the court system, it has been a disaster for providers and those seeking abortion services, advocates say.
Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, called on the Supreme Court to “stop and stop this madness.”
“Patients are once again being thrown into chaos and fear, and this cruel law is hitting hardest on those who are already facing discriminatory barriers to healthcare, especially blacks, aborigines and people of other colors, unauthorized immigrants, youth,” he added in a statement on Friday. , “And struggling to make ends meet in the countryside.”
Amiri told USA Today that the legal battle in Texas has “caused havoc and chaos,” where patients saw a glimmer of hope before their appointments were canceled.
“It’s really hard to have this whiplash for employees and suppliers and patients,” he said. “It’s unstable. It’s inhumane, and it doesn’t really have to happen.”
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
Texas Right to Life, the state’s largest anti-abortion group, has accused “activist judges” of “meeting the needs of the abortion industry …
The group’s latest legal twist allows the law to be enforced as an “answer prayer.”
Meanwhile, Texas Choice, a non-profit organization that helps Texans travel for abortion services, said patients “deserve better.”
“We knew it was probably coming, but we shouldn’t feel behind this level where people’s lives and healthcare are at risk.” The organization said on Twitter. “Everyone should know that they can always have an abortion near their home, all the time.”
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Abortion has stopped again in Texas
Although not all abortion providers in Texas resumed services when the law was discontinued in the past for fear of lawsuits, many jumped to book new appointments. But now, suppliers are in danger of shutting down again. Neighboring states are rushing to catch up with patients traveling from Texas. And yet other pregnant people may be forced to carry on during the pregnancy period.
Whole Women’s Health, which operates four clinics in Texas, is one of the first providers to resume abortion services during a two-day recovery.
Amy Hagstrom Miller, president of Whole Women’s Health, said there was hope but also frustration because people knew “this opportunity could be short-lived.”
Friday, the whole woman’s health On Twitter “We knew it was going to happen and that’s why we had an abortion for more than six weeks at the moment it was a possibility,” he said, adding that “our patients deserve better.”
“Healthcare can’t be turned on and off like this, and the whiplash that providers and patients feel for canceling their appointments one day is extremely emotionally damaging the next day,” Dwayne said.
Contributed by: Associated Press
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