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US Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Law

A U.S. federal judge has blocked restrictions that would have banned abortions at most facilities in the southwestern state of Texas. U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel ruled against a law Friday that would have required abortion facilities in Texas to meet hospital-level operating standards. The law, scheduled to take effect Monday, would have closed more than a dozen clinics. The state now has 19 abortion providers, the law’s challengers say. "The overall effect of the...

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