Appeals court rules against Texas ban on ‘dismemberment abortions’

A three-judge appeals court panel on Tuesday struck down a Texas law that bans dilation-and-evacuation abortions.

Judge James Dennis, writing for the 2-1 majority on the 5th Circuit panel, said the Texas law “unduly burdens a woman’s constitutionally-protected right to obtain a previability abortion.” He said the law “confers no medical benefit for women patients while forcing them to undergo unnecessary, painful, invasive, and even experimental procedures.”

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