“What we know in terms of second-trimester abortions in Texas is that there was a big jump … in procedures between 2013 and 2014”, Dr. Daniel Grossman, an investigator with the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, said.
In his ruling, Yeakel wrote, “The act leaves that woman and her physician with abortion procedures that are more complex, risky, expensive, hard for many women to arrange, and often involve multi-day visits to physicians, and overnight hospital stays”.
The restriction was scheduled to take effect on Friday however, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel granted a two-week restraining order on Thursday after opponents showed a “substantial likelihood of success”, The New York Times reported.
The restriction was part of Senate Bill 8 signed by Gov. Greg Abbot in May in response to a U.S Supreme Court ruling past year that struck down a 2013 Texas law, NBC News noted.
“The Texas Attorney General will continue to defend our state’s legal right to protect the basic human rights and dignity of the unborn”, the statement added.
After the ruling Thursday, Texas Right to Life issued a statement urging pro-life advocates not to despair.
“That has not really been explored since 2007, and that’s what this legislation was built to do”, he said. “It’s already happening in Texas”, said Bhavik Kumar, the Texas medical director for abortion provider Whole Women’s Health, in a June interview with the Current “I can only imagine that’s going to get worse with this bill”. The U.S. Supreme Court last summer threw out provisions of state law that required abortion clinic facilities meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers and require their physicians to gain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
“The abortion industry disingenuously argued in court that the Dismemberment Abortion Ban raises an undue burden for women seeking second trimester abortions by banning all D&E abortions”, they emphasize”. “In filings and in court, the Attorney General’s office powerfully argued SB 8 clearly only prohibits one specific type of D&E abortion, which the state Legislature defined as ‘Dismemberment Abortions'”.
The law made Texas the eighth state to protect developing preborn children from such a heinous act. Similar bans have also been halted in Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
The law restricts the use of dilation and evacuation abortions – when a physician uses medical equipment to remove fetal tissue – on living fetuses.