Pro-choice groups praise striking of abortion regulations

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 9:22am

Pro-choice El Paso groups are praising a federal judge's decision to strike down key parts of an abortion bill Monday passed by Texas lawmakers in July.

District Judge Lee Yeakel's ruled some of the regulations in the bill passed by lawmakers is unconstitutional.

"I think it gives back to doctors and women decision making in healthcare issues which is really where it's supposed to be," said Lyda Ness-Garcia a founding member of Stand With El Paso Women.

Yeakel wrote the regulations would violate the rights of abortion doctors to do what they think is best for their patients.

It would also require doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.

Ness-Garcia said most doctors in El Paso meet that requirement, but it will impact other areas in the state and she added most of the clinics would have to close and wouldn't be able to provide basic healthcare services.

"Women will still be able to get their mamograms and their cervical cancer screenings which is really what most of these clinics provide," Ness-Garcia said.

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