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Judge Questions New Texas Abortion Restrictions

Ben Philpott
KUT/Texas Tribune
An abortion procedure room at the Whole Women's Health ambulatory surgical center in San Antonio.

A federal judge presiding over a lawsuit against new Texas abortion restrictions says he has a problem with anyone traveling 150 miles for medical care if the procedure could be done closer.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on Wednesday didn't issue a ruling following closing arguments in a trial challenging a Texas law that would ban abortions at more than dozen clinics starting Sept. 1.

But Yeakel honed in on the question of how far is too far for a woman to obtain the constitutional right of ending a pregnancy.

The law requires all Texas abortion facilities to meet more stringent hospital-style operational standards. That would eliminate all abortion providers in the western half of the state.

A ruling is expected in the coming weeks.

Read more about the trial from the Texas Tribune.