Texas abortion bans challenged in extraordinary court docket testimony from 3 ladies : Photographs

Samantha Casiano told a Texas courtroom that she should really have been able to let her daughter, who experienced anencephaly, “go to rest faster.”

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Samantha Casiano told a Texas courtroom that she must have been capable to enable her daughter, who had anencephaly, “go to relaxation faster.”

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AUSTIN, Texas – Samantha Casiano, who gave birth to a baby who lived just 4 hours, broke down and became bodily sick on the witness stand as she advised the tale of her doomed pregnancy in an Austin, Texas, courtroom on Wednesday. Her partner, Luis Villasana, rushed to the entrance of the courtroom to support her, during a hearing in a case challenging the abortion bans in Texas.

Casiano was a person of three females who gave dramatic testimony about their pregnancies in a hushed and spellbound courtroom in the case brought by the Heart for Reproductive Rights. The circumstance, on behalf of 13 people and two doctors, argues that the clinical exceptions to Texas’ legal guidelines are unclear and unworkable for medical professionals in means that hurt sufferers. They also say that the condition has carried out very little to clarify its legislation.

The case is thought to be the initially time the activities of girls have been heard in open court since the Supreme Court ended the constitutional suitable to abortion very last June.

In Wednesday’s proceeding, which will go on on Thursday, lawyers for Casiano and the other plaintiffs asked the choose to briefly suspend the bans for folks who have health care complications in their pregnancies as the circumstance proceeds. Point out Lawyer Basic Ken Paxton’s business is inquiring for the circumstance to be dismissed.

The benches in the roomy, brand name new courtroom at the Travis County Civil District Court were filled with reporters, plaintiffs, and their supporters, such as quite a few husbands. Users of the anti-abortion legal rights group Texas Alliance for Lifestyle ended up also in attendance.

Eight lawyers represented the clients and medical professionals hard the regulation. On the other aspect of the room, two lawyers represented defendant Texas Attorney Normal Ken Paxton. Judge Jessica Mangrum, elected as a Democratic judicial applicant in 2020, presided.

Paxton, presently suspended, faces an impeachment demo in September above allegations of bribery and abuse of ability.

For the duration of several hours of psychological testimony, the courtroom felt tense and tranquil. Casiano, who first explained to her story to NPR in April, was so defeat as she described her activities she cried, coughed, and gagged in the witness box. The courtroom was adjourned for a recess at that point.

When it was again in session, Casiano explained what it was like to give beginning to the daughter they named Halo. “She was gasping for air,” Casiano claimed. “I just retained telling myself and my toddler that I am so sorry that this has took place to you. I felt so

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How state abortion bans complicate telehealth abortions : Shots

Allison Case is a family medicine physician who is licensed to practice in both Indiana and New Mexico. Via telehealth appointments, she’s used her dual license in the past to help some women who have driven from Texas to New Mexico, where abortion is legal, to get their prescription for abortion medication. Then came Indiana’s abortion ban.

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Allison Case, a family medicine physician, spends much of her time working in a hospital where she delivers babies and provides reproductive health care services, including abortions.

Case lives and works in Indiana, where a ban on most abortions took effect for a week in late September until a judge temporarily halted the ban. The state has since appealed the judge’s order and asked the Indiana’s high court to take up the case. Meanwhile, Case is also licensed to practice in New Mexico, a state where abortion remains legal.

Before Indiana’s abortion ban took effect, Case would use her days off to provide reproductive health services, including abortion care, via telemedicine through a clinic that serves patients in New Mexico. Many of them travel from neighboring Texas, where abortion is banned.

Some travel solo, she says, and others have their children with them.

“Some people are [staying in] hotels, others might have family or friends they can stay with, some are just sleeping in their cars,” Case says. “It’s really awful.”

During a telemedicine appointment, doctors, nurses or other qualified health professionals review the medical history of the patient and ensure eligibility for a medication abortion. They give the patient information about how the two pills work, how to take them, what to look out for as the body expels the pregnancy, and when to seek medical attention in the rare instance of complications. The medications are then mailed to the patient, who must provide a mailing address in a state where abortion is legal.

In the U.S., more than a dozen states severely restrict access to abortion, and almost as many have such laws in the works. Across the country, since Roe v. Wade was overturned, clinics that do provide abortions have seen an increase in demand. Many clinics rely on help from physicians out of state, like Case, who are able to alleviate some of the pressure and keep wait times down by providing services via telemedicine.

But as more states move to restrict abortion, these providers are finding themselves navigating an increasingly complicated legal landscape.

Is abortion by telemedicine legal? Experts differ

Medication abortions work for most people who are under 11 weeks pregnant, and research suggests medication abortion via telemedicine is safe and effective. Yet many states have enacted legislation to ban or limit access to telehealth abortions.

But it’s not always clear what that means for doctors like Case who are physically located in a state with abortion restrictions but have a license that enables them to provide care via telehealth

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