Federal Judge Strikes Down "Disingenuous" Texas Anti-Abortion LawIsha Aran8/30/14 12:40pmFiled to: Roe v worldabortiontexasLee Yeakel4236EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkRejoice! A federal judge has just shut down parts of the HB2 devious and restrictive law that would have led to the closure of more than half of Texas' remaining clinics, deeming the rule "unconstitutional because it imposes an undue burden on the right of women throughout Texas to seek a pre-viability abortion." AdvertisementIn yesterday's ruling, Judge Lee Yeakel of the US District Court in Austin challenged both the ridiculous (and medically unnecessary, mind you) admitting privileges and the bunk "ambulatory-surgical-center" requirements. The surgical center provision forces clinics to undertake renovations to meet meaningless standards like plumbing and ventilation but also space utilization, staffing, and minimum square footage. It's a completely bullshit bureaucratic way to use "improved" building codes and regulations to put abortion clinics already struggling for funding completely out of business. As Yeakel pointed out, for some odd reason, the ambulatory-surgical-center requirement also applies to clinics that only provide non-surgical, drug-induced medical abortions despite the, you know, NON-SURGICAL PART. And while non-abortion ambulatory-surgical facilities can be grandfathered and given waivers to avoid renovations, abortion clinics are prohibited from any type of exemption. In his decision, Yeakel calls this shit out: Advertisement"The court concludes that the act's ambulatory-surgical-center requirement, combined with the already in-effect admitting-privileges requirement, creates a brutally effective system of abortion regulation that reduces access to abortion clinics thereby creating a statewide burden for substantial numbers of Texas women.Oh but Yeakel didn't stop there. Nope, he's going after the whole damn system.To the extent that the state argues that the act's requirements are motivated by a legitimate interest in fetal life, the court finds those arguments misplaced….Here, the only possible gain realized in the interest of fetal life, once a woman has made the decision to have a previability abortion, comes from the ancillary effects of the woman's being unable to obtain an abortion due to obstacles imposed by the act. Whoa he straight up calls out the whole "think of the unborn baby!" act. Is he done? FUCK NOPE.ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.