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What's Next For HB2?

Updated: Friday, August 29 2014, 10:48 PM CDT

"It matters a great deal to women throughout Texas," chanted a small group of protesters.  They stood outside Governor Rick Perry's mansion following Judge Lee Yeakel's ruling.

For the group and others on the abortion rights side, the ruling was a victory.

"This is a very strong decision," said Jan Soifer.  She is a partner with the law firm representing the abortion clinics in the lawsuit. She says judge Yeakel's opinion shows he understands the issue.

"The constitutional right to choose, granted in Roe versus Wade, is meaningless in Texas if women don't have access to be able to exercise that right. And he concludes that HB 2 cuts off access and therefore is unconstitutional." says Soifer, "He gets it!"

Anti-Abortion advocates disagree. 

"I don't think that Judge Yeakel gets it," charged Joe Pojman. He is the executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life.  He's disappointed in what happened Friday evening.

"Women considering abortion are not going to be provided the same safety standards as ambulatory surgical centers where people have day surgery similar to elective abortion.  That's very unfortunate," he says.

But the battle is not over.  Attorney general Greg Abbott plans to appeal the ruling. It will go to the fifth circuit of appeals in New Orleans.

By Melanie Lofton

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What's Next For HB2?


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