Alliance Defense Fund/October 15, 2014 --
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to place a temporary hold on portions of a Texas abortion law while litigation in Planned Parenthood of Texas Surgical Health Services v. Abbott continues at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit:
Texans have the freedom to prioritize women's health and safety over the bottom line of abortionists, and this good law affirms that. The Supreme Court's decision only temporarily and partially prevents the Texas law from going into effect while the 5th Circuit finishes hearing the case. While that is disappointing, it should cause no great alarm. The state's requirement against cut-and-run abortionists remains in effect for all but two abortion facilities.
The restriction on abortions after 20 weeks on unborn children who can feel pain was never challenged and remains in effect today.
Likewise, the limitations on chemical abortions up to seven weeks gestation and prohibiting abortionists from sending women home alone to abort have been upheld and remain in effect. We remain confident that the entirety of Texas's law will ultimately be upheld.