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JUDGE BLOCKS TEXAS ABORTION LICENSING LAW
    AUSTIN, Texas (CWNews.com) - A federal judge has blocked a Texas law that would have instituted special licensing requirements for abortionists.

    The law, which took effect on September 1, requires doctors' offices to be licensed if the doctor performs more than 300 abortions per year. Before that, Texas exempted doctors if the majority of their practice was not abortions. US District Judge John Rainey issued a temporary injunction against the law on Wednesday , saying the law violates abortionists' right to equal protection under the Constitution.

    "(The law) was obviously an attempt to color the procedure as more dangerous than it is and force doctors to not do this unless it's their full-time job," said Kae McLaughlin, executive director of Texas Abortion Rights and Reproductive Rights Action League.

    Pro-lifers said the law is intended to make abortion safer, regulating all abortionists, not just those who specialize in the practice. "These places are really in the pursuit of the dollar, not the pursuit of helping women," said Bill Price of Texans United for Life.

          

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