Reproductive rights campaigners heralded the US supreme court’s Tuesday ruling to bar parts of Texas’ restrictive abortion law from going into effect, but say the ricochet effect of competing court decisions has created a hostile environment for providers hoping to connect women in Texas with abortion services.

An appeals court on 2 October had ordered the enforcement of two standards from Texas’ House Bill 2 (HB2) – leading to the closure of all but seven of the state’s abortion clinics. Advocates estimated that after the supreme court’s ruling on Tuesday, 13 more would be allowed to reopen.

But the nearly two weeks between those two rulings meant that many of the shuttered clinics had lost the leases to their buildings or fired most of their staff.


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