Appeals court grants stay in abortion law case

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — A three-judge panel of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 31 granted the state an emergency stay, allowing a certain contested portion of the Texas abortion law to remain in effect for the time being.
The action stems from a case brought by Planned Parenthood Greater Texas Surgical Health Services and more than a dozen other plaintiff entities and individuals who filed suit to stop the state from enforcing two new portions in the abortion law, Chapter 171 of the state Health and Safety Code. The portions were added as amendments to the law by the Texas Legislature last July in a second special session. Three days earlier, Judge Lee Yeakel, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, Austin Division, on Oct. 28, had declared the two portions unconstitutional and granted plaintiffs an injunction on their motion to prevent to the state from enforcing them.
 

 

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