Court refuses to reconsider Texas abortion ruling

Abortion rights demonstrators Amelie Hahn of Jackson, Mississippi, and Bill Lambert of Houston hold signs outside the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, while others shelter from the rain. A three-judge panel had just heard arguments about whether to let Texas enforce new restrictions on abortion while it appeals a district judge's ruling that those restrictions are unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Janet McConnaughey)
Abortion rights demonstrators Amelie Hahn of Jackson, Mississippi, and Bill Lambert of Houston hold signs outside the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, while others shelter from the rain. A three-judge panel had just heard arguments about whether to let Texas enforce new restrictions on abortion while it appeals a district judge's ruling that those restrictions are unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Janet McConnaughey)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a previous ruling that left intact parts of new abortion restrictions in Texas that have forced most abortion clinics across the state to close.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals previously upheld requirements that doctors have hospital admitting privileges. Abortion providers asked the full court to review that decision, but the court said Thursday it would not.

The case is one of two challenges to tough new abortion restrictions in the nation’s second most populous state. The second challenge focuses on requirements that clinics meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers.

That case is pending before the same appeals court, but abortion providers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene while appeals are pending.


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