Texas abortion businesses filed a massive lawsuit Thursday that could strike down almost every abortion regulation in the state.
Hopeful for a second victory after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down several Texas abortion clinic regulations in 2016, the abortion groups are challenging a number of common sense abortion regulations, including parental involvement laws, informed consent laws and other abortion clinic regulations, KUT radio Austin reports.
Whole Woman’s Health, a Texas-based abortion chain notorious for dozens of health and safety violations, is the lead plaintiff in the case.
Its lawsuit argues that more than a dozen Texas abortion regulations impose “medically unnecessary burdens on patients,” and “have led clinics to be shut down,” according to The Hill.
Here’s more from the report:
The lawsuit challenges Texas laws spanning two decades, including a 1999 parental notification law, abortion reporting requirements passed in 2017, ultrasound requirements, mandatory waiting periods, restrictions on medication abortions and licensing laws, among others.
In 2016, the Supreme Court ruled in the lawsuit brought by the WWHA that Texas couldn’t place restrictions on abortion that create an undue burden for women.
That ruling paved the way for the new lawsuit, WWHA said.
“We went all the way to the Supreme Court in 2016 to defeat harmful abortion restrictions and we are not done fighting so that every Texan can get the health care they need and deserve,” [abortion chain owner Amy] Hagstrom Miller said.
The radical pro-abortion group NARAL Pro-Choice Texas said the lawsuit challenges five categories of laws: abortion clinic regulations or what they call targeted regulation of abortion provider laws; laws that deny patients the “benefits of scientific progress”; restrictions that “shame and punish” mothers seeking to abort their unborn babies; parental involvement laws for underage girls; and laws that punish abortion practitioners for violations.
The pro-abortion groups told Politico they want to file the lawsuit while the five U.S. Supreme Court justices who previously ruled in their favor are still on the bench.
Other plaintiffs include Fund Texas Choice, the Lilith Fund, North Texas Equal Access Fund, The Afiya Center, West Fund and Dr. Bhavik Kumar.
They filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in Austin.