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Closing arguments in abortion trial delayed

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Closing arguments in the civil trial over the controversial Texas abortion law have been pushed back to next week.

Testimony is over after District Judge Lee Yeakel listened to the last few witnesses Thursday. Judge Yeakel is deciding whether to block the law that would end abortions at 18 clinics in the state.

Whole Woman's Health Clinic owner Amy Miller filed the lawsuit. She says she had to close her Northeast Austin facility due to the new abortion rules.

Under the law, facilities that provide abortions must be upgraded and meet standards for ambulatory care centers. The rule goes into effect on September 1st.

Those who support the law passed last summer say meeting the requirements isn't as difficult as opponents say.

Amy Miller says, "The ambulatory surgical center requirements are onerous. They're not based on medical science or fact and what they do is serve to shut down clinics and make access to abortion an undue burden for women in the state of Texas."

The Heidi Group's Carol Everett adds, "Women's health will be protected because they won't be going to those deficient, that second class abortion clinic."

Closing arguments are scheduled for next Wednesday.

A decision from Judge Yeakel could take some time.

 

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