Opening Statements Made in Trial Over Abortion Regulation

Updated, Aug. 4, 6:02 p.m.:

On the first day of a trial over a new abortion regulation scheduled to take effect next month, attorneys for Texas abortion providers called witnesses who testified that the new requirement would leave low-income women in rural areas without reasonable access to abortion services.

The witnesses testified Monday after both sides made their opening arguments in a federal district court in Austin on the regulation, which would require abortion facilities to meet the same regulations as ambulatory surgical centers, or ASCs. The abortion providers claim that the measure, which was part of House ...

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