A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld the main provisions of a restrictive Texas abortion law including one that requires clinics to have certain hospital-grade facilities, a regulatory hurdle critics said was designed to shutter abortion providers.(Except in McAllen, where apparently, women's health needs less protection). What are these protections?
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit allowed for the 2013 law to be applied across the state, although it exempted a clinic in the southern city of McAllen, saying its distance from other clinics would cause an undue burden on women in that area.
In its decision, the court's three-judge panel said the state's measures were lawful and intended to protect women's health.
Under the so-called "ambulatory surgical center requirement" clinics would have had to meet a set of building standards ranging from widening halls to having facilities for certain surgeries.Meanwhile, a Georgia woman was charged with murder for taking an abortion pill in her 5th month of pregnancy, and having a miscarriage. We'll be seeing lots of Texan versions of this, soon:
By restricting access to abortion clinics and honest counseling, the draconian abortion laws enacted in states like Georgia push women like Jones to terrible extremes. Rather than locate a clinic willing to perform her abortion—which would probably have been illegal under Georgia law—Jones bought a pill online. Rather than obtain a safe medical abortion, she took a dangerous gamble, and—after a period of intense pain—delivered a fetus in a car. Her story doesn't fit neatly into the pro-choice or pro-life narrative. It's simply an illustration of what happens when a desperate woman takes her abortion into her own hands.Update: A bit of good news: the murder charges against Jones have been dropped. She still faces a misdemeanor charge of possessing a dangerous drug.
Jones is currently being held in jail without bond. Her case will soon go to a grand jury.