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Judge Questions Burdens For Texas Abortion Access

Updated: Wednesday, August 13 2014, 01:39 PM CDT

A federal judge presiding over a lawsuit against new Texas abortion restrictions says he has a problem with anyone traveling 150 miles for medical care if the procedure could be done closer.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on Wednesday didn't issue a ruling following closing arguments in a trial challenging a Texas law that would ban abortions at more than dozen clinics starting Sept. 1.

But Yeakel honed in on the question of how far is too far for a woman to obtain the constitutional right of ending a pregnancy.

The law requires all Texas abortion facilities to meet more stringent hospital-style operational standards. That would eliminate all abortion providers in the western half of the state.

A ruling is expected in the coming weeks.

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Judge Questions Burdens For Texas Abortion Access


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