The victory Texas women had was short lived. On October 28th, 2013 Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that the provision requiring doctors performing an abortion to have admitting privileges in Hospitals within 30 miles were unconstitutional. He also ruled that it is unconstitutional for the state to ban a woman from having drug-induced abortions when a physician deems it appropriate.
According to the Texas Tribune,
A three-judge panel in the 5th Circuit appellate court lifted a permanent injunction placed on the abortion regulations by a lower court, arguing in a written opinion that the state was likely to succeed in its legal arguments.
The judges, Priscilla R. Owen, Jennifer Walker Elrod and Catharina Haynes, wrote that "there is a substantial likelihood that the state will prevail in its argument that Planned Parenthood failed to establish an undue burden on women seeking abortions or that the hospital-admitting-privileges requirement creates a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion." Furthermore, they wrote,"we also conclude that the state has made a strong showing of likelihood of success on the merits, at least in part, as to its appeal of the injunction pertaining to medication abortions."
About a dozen clinics in Texas will close. Some of them are far from any available clinics.
Amy Hagstrom Miller, the owner of five Texas abortion clinics, told Rachel Maddow that three of her clinics will shut down immediately. They started calling their clients to cancel appointments. She said that her border town clinics serve women that will likely be unable travel the hundreds of miles to the nearest clinics.
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