A federal judge on Monday blocked part of Texas’ new abortion law that requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital in case emergency inpatient treatment is needed. Opponents have argued that in a state as large as Texas, some abortion clinics have no such thing as a “nearby hospital” (within 30 miles) and would therefore be prevented from providing abortions under the new law and possibly close.

Many women nationwide declared the ruling a victory for women.

Another part of the law that requires abortion clinics to meet the same safety standards as those of ambulatory surgical centers stands, as does the limit on abortions in most cases 20 weeks after conception.

The requirement to have admitting privileges was due to take effect tomorrow, when the 20-week limit takes effect.


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