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Court of Appeals to hear arguments on Texas abortion law
By: Ruben Veloz
El PASO, Texas-- The U.S 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is set to go over one of the nation's most controversial abortion laws.
A panel of three judges is expected to hear several arguments from several activists who are hoping to strike down Texas' new abortion law.
The abortion law went into effect in October of 2013.
Since then, it has affected at least 34 abortion clinics in the state, including two in El Paso.
The case is brought on by Planned Parenthood and other abortion activists.
As KFOX14 reported, the Texas legislature passed the new abortion law last July.
Several lawmakers tried to kill it in a historical filibuster led by senator Wendy Davis-- but failed to keep the law from passing.
Since going into effect, the abortion law has reportedly affected nearly a third of abortion clinics around the state.
One such clinic is Reproductive Services in El Paso.
Since we last spoke to them in November, the clinic has had to turn back women because of several new provisions.
One of them is the requirement that all abortion doctors have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals within 30 miles from their office.
The other provision that's being challenged in the court requires doctors to follow old abortion pill regulations passed thirteen years ago.
Doctors have to follow old drug regiments which are now considered outdated.
They're also required to perform a follow-up procedure after 14 days.
Proponents of the law say these provisions will improve women's health by having tougher regulations and reduce the number of abortions, but opponents fear these provisions only jeopardizes women's health by restricting access to abortion providers forcing them to go across state lines.
At least 12 clinics around the state have had to close their doors because of the new law, none in El Paso.
Whatever the outcome of Monday's hearing may be, both sides of the abortion debate believe this will be an issue that will eventually have to be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court.