A legal battle is being waged in Texas over the controversial new anti-choice law that inspired a people’s filibuster over the summer. This week, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (who is also running for Governor) has asked a federal appeals court judge to immediately reinstate a key part of the new law a day after it was ruled unconstitutional by a lower court judge.

On Monday, that lower court judge, District Judge Lee Yeakel struck down the provision requiring onerous hospital admitting privileges for abortion doctors. But Yeakel upheld another provision of the law that requires doctors to use a specific protocol for non-surgical, pill-induced abortions — a protocol even the judge himself acknowledged is "assuredly more imposing" and "clearly more burdensome" to women. That provision, and the law’s ban on abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization, both went into effect on Tuesday.

Texas currently is currently awaiting the decision of the 5th Circuit court on whether or not to grant Abbott's "emergency appeal" for reinstatement of the admitting privileges requirement.

See the video below for a discussion of the impact of the Texas law and the national landscape of abortion access.


UPDATE: The 5th Circuit overturned the lower court, reinstating the restrictive abortion legislation. Women's health advocates have now filed an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court.