Despite a rocky start this week, Texan pro-lifers can breathe a sigh of relief. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated the parts of the Texas law that were overturned earlier this week. A panel of three women ruled that requiring that abortion doctors have admitting privileges and that RU486 be dispensed so as to meet FDA standards does not constitute an excessive burden under Roe v. Wade. The panel of judges will therefore allow much of the law to go into effect this weekend.
RU486 is a drug that under FDA protocol could only be given up the 7th week of pregnancy. Planned Parenthood routinely gives the drug much later to induce abortion, resulting even in the death of the mother.
The rest of the law, including the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, went into effect as planned on Tuesday. This part of the law was never challenged by Planned Parenthood.
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