Fifth Circuit Rules for State, Finds HB 2 Constitutional

Published 03/27 2014 11:06PM

Updated 03/27 2014 11:11PM

The Fifth Circuit Court of appeals have allowed a portion of Texas' controversial abortion law to go into effect.

The new law requires doctors who provide abortion care to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of a clinic, and places strict limits on prescribing abortion-inducing pills.

A U.S. District court previously struck down the provisions, but the appeals court later allowed some rules to go into effect while it considered the case, today's ruling means the provisions will remain valid unless the U.S. Supreme court rules otherwise.

At least a dozen clinics have already been forced to close. More regulations that are scheduled to begin later this year weren't part of this case.

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