Posts Tagged:texas

Texas passes bill that bans general health insurance coverage of abortions

On Tuesday, HB 214 was signed into Texas law, requiring consumers to purchase supplemental coverage from health insurers to cover abortions in the state. Abortions needed for medical emergencies will still be allowed to be covered by general insurance plans, however. According to US News, Texas has now joined 25 other states that have enacted…Read More

Judge dismisses Planned Parenthood challenge to Lubbock’s abortion ban

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood against a Texas city over new pro-life policies, saying Planned Parenthood does not have standing to sue the city. Citizens in Lubbock had voted in early May to declare the city a “Sanctuary City for the Unborn,” drawing praise from the Catholic diocese’s…Read More

Gov. Abbott Signs Pro-Life ‘Heartbeat’ Bill Into Law

Gov. Greg Abbott, R-TX, signed into law legislation protecting unborn children as soon as a heartbeat can be detected. The law sets the cutoff for legal abortions at about six weeks after conception. While Texas is often considered a conservative state, passing pro-life legislation in the Lone Star State has proven difficult. Pro-life leaders said…Read More

Texas judge extends suspension of Biden deportation moratorium plan

A federal judge in Texas extended the suspension of President Biden’s 100-day moratorium on deportation through Feb. 23. U.S. District Court Judge Drew Tipton in the Southern District of Texas extended his suspension of the White House’s deportation moratorium for 14 days, which the judge says will give parties more time to “provide for a…Read More

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…Read More

Texas asks court to allow dismemberment abortion ban until further ruling

Texas officials have asked the Fifth U.S. Court of Appeals to allow the state to enforce its ban on a certain type of second-trimester abortions, pending further court decisions. The rule in question bars “dismemberment abortions,” known medically as “dilation and evacuation” abortions. The procedure uses forceps and other instruments to kill and remove the…Read More