Texas judge blocks Biden administration emergency abortion guidance

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FILE PHOTO – Abortion rights protesters take part in nationwide demonstrations following leaked Supreme Court advice suggesting the possibility of overturning Roe v. Wade’s abortion rights decision, in Houston, Texas, US, May 14, 2022. REUTERS/ Callaghan O’Hare

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Aug 24 (Reuters) – A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday blocked President Joe Biden’s administration from imposing new guidelines in the Republican-led state, which requires hospitals to provide emergency abortions to women regardless of state bans on them. the procedure.

U.S. District Judge James Wesley Hendrix in Lubbock agreed with Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas that U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) guidelines were not authorized and went beyond the text of a related federal law .

The judge declined to ban the directive from being enforced nationwide, instead blocking only the HHS in Texas and against two anti-abortion groups of doctors.

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Hendrix’s decision came ahead of an expected Wednesday ruling by another judge about whether a near-complete ban in Idaho, challenged by the U.S. Department of Justice, violates the same federal statute at issue in the Texas case. is. read more

Paxton, a staunch conservative, praised the ruling on Twitter, saying the Biden administration had tried to “turn every emergency room in the country into a walk-in abortion clinic”.

White House press officer Karine Jean-Pierre called Hendrix’s ruling a “blow to Texans,” saying women in the state can now be denied essential care for conditions such as major bleeding or life-threatening hypertension.

“It’s wrong, it’s backward, and women can die because of it,” she said in a statement. “The battle is not over yet.”

The guidance came after Biden, a Democrat, signed an executive order in July to facilitate access to pregnancy termination services after the Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade ruling in June, which included a nationwide women’s right to abortion. was recognized. read more

Abortion services were halted in Texas after the state’s highest court on July 2, at Paxton’s urging, cleared the way for a nearly 100-year-old abortion ban. read more

In his statement, Hendrix, an appointee of former Republican President Donald Trump, said the guidance went too far in expanding the federal law of 1986, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, which should ensure that hospitals provide emergency medical care. to the poor and uninsured.

“That directive goes far beyond the text of EMTALA, which protects both mothers and unborn children, is silent on abortion and only takes precedence over state law if the two are in direct conflict,” he wrote.

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Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Rosalba O’Brien

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