More than a dozen women's health care providers in Texas, including Lubbock, have sued the state in an effort to block some key provisions of a new abortion law approved this summer.
The first provision requires direct supervision of a doctor for women to receive the so-called "abortion pill". The second requires that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at hospitals less than 30 miles away, something some groups said could force at least one-third of the state's licensed abortion providers to shut down the service.
"It shouldn't matter where you live," Angela Martinez, clinic director of Planned Parenthood in Lubbock, said. "We shouldn't have to make these women travel to El Paso, to Dallas, to Austin or San Antonio to get the medical services they want."
The new provisions will not go into effect until Oct. 29.