Women

10.21.13

Doctor Testifies Against Texas Abortion Law

Planned Parenthood, ACLU suing state.

A Houston doctor testified Monday that Texas’s restrictive abortion law will harm women. He is the first witness in a lawsuit filed last month by Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and other groups against the state of Texas for a law that bans abortions after 20 weeks and effectively closes many of the clinics in the state. The law gained national attention when State Sen. Wendy Davis—who is now running for governor—successfully filibustered against it for 11 hours in June, although Gov. Rick Perry then called a special session of the legislature to approve it.