Posted By LambChop
The "Axis of Evil" - Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the ACLU of Texas - filed a federal lawsuit against some provisions of the Texas omnibus abortion law that state senator Wendy Davis tried to block with her infamous filibuster. Davis (aka “Abortion Barbie”) achieved national notoriety forcing a special session to pass the bill (among others) with her pink sneaker antics, costing the Texas taxpayer $1 million for an additional special session on a bill that was guaranteed to pass despite her efforts.
The lawsuit focuses on restrictions on the so-called medication abortion and the specific regulations in the law, but does not address the part of the law banning abortion past 20 weeks – they know they do not have a legal leg to stand on for abortions from 5th to 9th months of pregnancy.
The clinic restrictions require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital less than 30 miles away. The lawsuit argues that women will be harmed by this and that it violates “ Plaintiffs’ and their patients’ rights guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
The medication abortion provision of the law requires following FDA protocol to prescribe the abortion pill – the plaintiffs argue that there is a lower dose version with fewer side effects.
Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation said this: “I grew up in Texas and learned pretty early on that women only got what they fought for, I think folks in the state have never fought harder.”