Appeals Court Reinstates Part of Texas Abortion Law
Days after U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel issued an injunction blocking parts of the new Texas abortion law, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has reinstated the portion of the law requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the clinic.
The legislation has been controversial from the start, rocketing Sen. Wendy Davis to political stardom and a run at the governor's seat overnight with her filibuster against the legislation. The bill was ultimately passed after another legislative session was called, but Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit on behalf of a number of abortion providers in the state alleging that a portion of the law was unconstitutional for doctors and women.
The ruling on the emergency appeal, requested by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, puts the admitting privileges requirement in motion and means about a third of the state-licensed clinics that provide abortions will be forced to close, according to Planned Parenthood.
Gov. Rick Perry was, of course, quite pleased with this development.
"Today's decision affirms our right to protect both the unborn and the health of the women of Texas. We will continue doing everything we can to protect a culture of life in our state," Perry stated in a release.
What Perry is really telling Planned Parenthood: We win, we win. You lose. We win. For now.
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