APPEALS COURT REINSTATES TEXAS ABORTION RESTRICTIONS

  

A federal appeals court has reinstated most of the new abortion restrictions in Texas.

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

The three judge panel ruled that the law requiring doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of an abortion providing clinic to take effect while the 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, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union had argued that the regulations did not protect women and would shut down a third of the abortion clinics in the state.

The case is moving forward and could end up at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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