The Texas Legislature passed a law this summer that mandates doctors performing abortions have hospital admitting privileges nearby. This is a medically unnecessary restriction, has no impact on the quality of care a woman would get at a hospital emergency room if she needed it, and effectively wipes out of operation a third of Texas clinics providing abortions because few of their doctors have admitting privileges. It would leave an estimated 20,000 women in Texas stranded without a clinic within 100 miles of them, say abortion rights advocates. This law is designed to hinder a woman's access to abortion -- and that's unconstitutional. Hopefully, either the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (which will hear a challenge to the law) or the Supreme Court will figure that out.
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