Federal appeals court reinstates Texas abortion law

Here’s the report from the Associated Press:

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court has reinstated most of Texas’ new abortion restrictions.

A panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Thursday evening, three days after District Judge Lee Yeakel said one provision serves no medical purpose.

The panel says that the law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital can take effect while a lawsuit moves forward.

The Texas attorney general’s office argued that the law is a constitutional use of the Legislature’s authority.

Lawyers for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers had argued that the regulations did not protect women and would shut down a third of the abortion clinics in Texas.


  • Wade Choate

    Really glad this happened, however we all know it will go to the Supremes.

    It is interesting that one of the arguments against this law is “the incidental effect of making it more difficult or more expensive to procure an abortion cannot be enough to invalidate” thje law. (quote from the AP article).

    And yet the “Affordable Care Act” does the EXACT same thing for healthcare. MORE expensive and difficult to procure healthcare….


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