Politico, June 14, 2018
Renuka Rayasam and Jennifer Haberkorn


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AUSTIN, Texas — A group of Texas abortion clinics and nonprofits filed a sweeping lawsuit against the state Thursday challenging dozens of abortion laws, some of which were passed at least two decades ago.

The move led by the Whole Woman’s Health Alliance comes two years after the abortion provider successfully challenged two provisions of a Texas abortion law at the Supreme Court. The decision marked the most significant abortion rights ruling in a generation and paved the way for groups to challenge abortion laws in other states.

The latest lawsuit argues that other Texas abortion limits, such as specific licensing standards for abortion clinics and waiting periods for patients, pose an undue burden on a woman’s right to have an abortion and threaten access to the procedure in the state.

"We were able to leverage that new standard and use it to take a look historically at all of the laws that have been on the books for some time that cannot stand now," said Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and CEO of Whole Woman's Health. "It's never been done before because we never had a win before like the one we had two years ago." [...]

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