The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday in a case that will determine the constitutionality of Texasâ€™ requirement that abortion facilities meet ambulatory surgery facility standards.
The law, passed in 2013, also includes provisions regulating the administration of abortifacients and mandates that abortionists acquire admitting privileges at local hospitals. Since its passage, 23 of the stateâ€™s 40 abortion facilities have closed. And depending on the outcome of the hearing, 10 more could close as well, NPR reported.
During the 90-minute hearing, the three-judge panel questioned whether the facility standardsâ€”which cover operating rooms, air filtration systems, and other standards typically applied to surgical centersâ€”would increase womenâ€™s safety, The New York Times reported. But the judges also criticized a lower court ruling that struck down all the facility standards...
The main argument that the prochoice "prokilling babbies" lobby made was that they would not" want back ally " abortions. Hearing about some of the horror stories, that's what they got. Unsanitary, filthy, nasty, worse than any back ally. That is a good law Texas state legislature.