House Bill 2 Upheld by Fifth Circuit Court

April 4, 2014

In a ruling last week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld House Bill 2, which prohibits abortions 20 weeks after conception, demands that all abortion clinic physicians have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic, calls for each abortion clinic to meet the same standards as an ambulatory surgical center, and requires that a physician be present for the administration of an RU 486 medically induced abortion. The court found that the law did not create “undue burden” on a woman’s ability to obtain an abortion. From the Austin Chronicle:

In its March 27 opinion, the court found – based on the state’s assertions that the restrictions were motivated by the desire to promote the health and safety of women seeking an abortion – that a rational basis for the restrictions exists…the appeals court judges argued that the very fact that reasonable minds can disagree on the legislation…suffices to prove [it] has a rational basis.

I applaud the ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court. House Bill 2 improves health care for women, is necessary to prevent the killing of innocent life, and ensures that women who make the incredibly difficult decision to have an abortion receive the proper care they deserve in a safe, medically appropriate environment.