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Texas Legislature
Federal judge strikes down key part of restrictive Texas abortion law

A federal judge late Friday struck down two provisions of a Texas law that has already forced the closure of half the state’s abortion clinics, granting at least a temporary reprieve to nearly a dozen more facilities that would have otherwise gone out of business Monday. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, in a 21-page decision, concluded that when the two provisions in question “are considered together, they create a scheme that effects the closing of almost all abortion clinics in Texas that were operating legally in the fall of 2013.” As a result, Yeakel said, “the overall effect of the provisions is to create an impermissible obstacle as applied to all...