Texas abortion doctors’ admitting rights reinstated

U.S. Drought Monitor as of January 10, 2012.
U.S. Drought Monitor as of January 10, 2012.

AUSTIN (AP) — A judge has reinstated temporary admitting privileges to two doctors who perform abortions. Their privileges were stripped from them by a Dallas hospital after a court upheld strict new Texas abortion restrictions.

Dr. Lamar Robinson and Dr. Jasbir Ahluwalia perform abortions on their own time, away from University General Hospital in southern Dallas. Hospital officials granted both doctors admitting privileges, but on March 27 a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel found the rules constitutional.

The suit filed Thursday alleges the doctors had admitting privileges revoked four days later. On Thursday in Dallas, state District Judge Sheryl McFarlin reinstated the privileges until April 30, when a hearing is scheduled to determine if the privileges should be extended by temporary injunction.

A message left with hospital spokeswoman Erica Cleveland wasn’t returned.

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