August 18, 2015      5:52 PM
Federal judge rebukes state for potential interference in El Paso abortion clinic reopening
Judge Yeakel threatened to hold the state in contempt of court if it attempted to impede the reopening of the abortion clinic
Judge Lee Yeakel has rebuffed the
state’s motion to possibly stop the reopening of the Reproductive Service’s
abortion clinic in El Paso.
threatened to hold the state in contempt of court if it attempted to impede the
reopening of the abortion clinic, which lost its lease in an earlier court
battle over the implementation of House
Bill 2. Attorney Jan Soifer, who represented Reproductive Services, called
the state’s legal maneuvering “pretty ridiculous.”
its doors in 2014 when a local hospital refused to grant its doctor
admitting privileges, a new requirement under House Bill 2. An injunction by
Supreme Court in late June has put that requirement on hold, as well as
a requirement to upgrade clinics to ambulatory surgical centers.
By Kimberly Reeves