AUSTIN (September 27, 2013)--More than a dozen women's health providers are suing in federal court to block implementation of key provisions of a new abortion law that threw the Texas Legislature into chaos this summer.
Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union joined with the providers to sue Texas.
The suit was filed Friday in Austin.
The law requires doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allows abortions in surgical centers, bans the procedure after 20 weeks and limits medical abortions.
The measure passed after a much-watched Democratic filibuster and protests on both sides of the issue at the Capitol.
The suit seeks an injunction blocking rules mandating surgical center admitting privileges and limiting medical abortions.
Both provisions take effect Oct. 29.