No. 14-50928.

790 F.3d 563 (2015)

WHOLE WOMAN'S HEALTH; Austin Women's Health Center; Killeen Women's Health Center; Nova Health Systems, doing business as Reproductive Services; Sherwood C. Lynn, Jr., M.D., on behalf of themselves and their patients; Pamela J. Richter, D.O., on behalf of themselves and their patients; Lendol L. Davis, M.D., on behalf of themselves and their patients, Plaintiffs-Appellees-Cross-Appellants v. Kirk COLE, M.D., Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, in his Official Capacity; Mari Robinson, Executive Director of the Texas Medical Board, in her Official Capacity, Defendants-Appellants-Cross-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

June 9, 2015.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Stephanie Toti, Esq. (argued), Staff Attorney, David Patrick Brown , Center For Reproductive Rights U.S. Legal Program, Esha Bhandari , Center for Reproductive Rights Immigrants Rights Project, Joseph Alexander Lawrence, Esq. , Morrison & Foerster, L.L.P., New York, N.Y., Betre Mussie Gizaw , Morrison & Foerster, Washington, DC, Patrick J. O'Connell , Jan Soifer , O'Connell & Soifer, L.L.P., Austin, TX, for Plaintiffs-Appellees Cross-Appellants.

Scott A. Keller , Solicitor, Jonathan F. Mitchell , Beth Ellen Klusmann, Esq. , Michael P. Murphy , Andrew S. Oldham , Deputy General Counsel, Office of the Attorney General, Office of the Solicitor General, James Davis Blacklock , Senior Counsel, Office of the Attorney General, Executive Administration, Austin, TX, for Defendants-Appellants Cross-Appellees.

Walter Martin Weber , Stuart J. Roth , American Center for Law & Justice, Mailee Rebecca Smith, Esq. , Americans United for Life, Steven H. Aden , Catherine Glenn Foster , Alliance Defending Freedom, Lawrence John Joseph , Carrie Yvette Flaxman , Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Kimberly A. Parker , WilmerHale, Washington, DC, CeCe Heil , Jay A. Sekulow, Esq. , American Center for Law & Justice, Virginia Beach, VA, Michael J. Norton , Natalie Lynn Decker , Alliance Defending Freedom, Greenwood Village, CO, Stephen Daniel Casey, Esq. , Attorney, Casey Law Office, P.C., Round Rock, TX, Catherine Wynne Short , Life Legal Defense Foundation, Ojai, CA, Gregory R. Terra , Texas Center for Defense of Life, Georgetown, TX, Allan Edward Parker, Jr. , Justice Foundation, San Antonio, TX, for Amicus Curiae.

Before PRADO, ELROD, and HAYNES, Circuit Judges.

Plaintiffs, Texas abortion providers, sued State of Texas officials ("the State")1 seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against the enforcement of recent amendments to Texas's law regulating abortions. See 2013 Texas House Bill No. 2 ("H.B. 2").2 Plaintiffs challenge H.B...

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