US Supreme Court delays enforcement of strict Texas abortion law

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 17 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6304
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The US Supreme Court has temporarily blocked enforcement of parts of a Texas abortion law that had reduced the number of operating abortion clinics to seven. Texas is larger than France and the second largest state in area and, with 26 million people, the second most populous.

The order, issued 14 October,1 bars the enforcement of a requirement that all abortion clinics, even those that handle only medical abortions, must meet the facility standards required for ambulatory surgical centers, pending the outcome of a …

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