How a Texas abortion case could impact Missouri

Nov 4, 2013

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The outcome of a Texas abortion dispute could have an impact on Missouri.

A federal appeals court is considering a challenge to a new Texas law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.

Missouri has a similar law that has been in place since 2005.

A federal judge originally issued a temporary restraining order against the Missouri law after it was challenged by a Springfield abortion clinic. But that clinic later dropped its lawsuit and closed, and the law has remained in effect since then.

The Missouri law is cited by both abortion providers and opponents as one of the reasons why the state has few abortion clinics.