The US Department of Health and Human Services said that hospitals in states with restrictions on abortion must perform emergency abortions in some cases.
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Texas hospitals would not be required to provide emergency abortions after a federal judge ruled that the Biden administration was unauthorized to enforce such a rule.
US District Judge James Wesley Hendrix in Lubbock ruled that the US Department of Health and Human Services’ guidance goes beyond the text of the relevant federal law, Reuters reads. informed of, The judge’s decision agreed with the Republican Texas Attorney General. Ken Paxton,
Hendrix, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, only blocked federal regulators from enforcing the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act’s guidance and its interpretation in Texas, and against two anti-abortion groups of doctors. The judge declined to engage in nationwide guidance.
According to Reuters, neither the White House nor Paxton’s office issued any comment following the decision late on Tuesday.
The ruling is the latest in the ongoing fight for abortion rights in Texas and other conservative-led states. When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned abortion rights in the country, Texas had a clear path for its “trigger law” that was banned Almost all abortions, which will be effective from Thursday.
The Biden administration’s guidance was a response to an effort by hospitals concerned about abortion restrictions to take away the health of pregnant patients or to delay care. Texas Medical Association wrote Letter Asking state regulators to “prevent any wrongful intrusion into the practice of medicine.”
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