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Trial set to start Thursday on latest Texas abortion restriction


Trial set to start Thursday on latest Texas abortion restriction
MyStatesman.com

The next round in the abortion wars, fought after virtually every recent session of the Texas Legislature, begins Thursday in the federal courthouse in downtown Austin.The focus of the five-day trial is a law that bans “dismemberment abortions,” a term that isn’t used in medical literature but which targets a procedure known as dilation and evacuation, commonly called D&E abortions.Abortion providers sued to overturn the law, arguing that the regulation places improper limits on a constitutionally protected right by outlawing D&E abortions, the safest and most common type of procedure that is used beginning in the 15th week of pregnancy.If allowed to stand, the law, included in Senate Bill 8’s sweeping abortion regulations that were approved by the Legislature in May, will force women to undergo more complex and risky procedures, including “painful, untested and invasive medical procedures,” the abortion providers said.

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