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
"(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.