LAS VEGAS — A federal judge has ruled in favor of a Texas hospital that has been accused of denying access to women who were pregnant when they were admitted to the emergency department for an abortion.
U.S. District Judge John Bates wrote in a ruling issued Thursday that the hospital violated the women’s constitutional rights by denying them care after the birth of their child.
The Texas Medical Association is seeking a court order to stop the hospital from enforcing the rule and to require it to provide women access to the birth control pills they need to control their bleeding.
The hospital argued the rules are unconstitutional.
The ruling is the latest setback for Texas in its battle with abortion clinics and other providers.
A judge in April issued a temporary injunction preventing the state from enforcing its abortion regulations after the state’s highest court sided with the hospital.
But a federal appeals court later upheld that order, saying it did not go far enough.