Appeals Court Reinstates Most Of Texas’ Abortion Restrictions

AUSTIN (October 31, 2013) The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday evening reinstated most of Texas' new abortion restrictions.

A panel of judges issued the ruling Thursday evening, three days after U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that 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 argued that the regulations did not protect women and would shut down a third of the abortion clinics in Texas including clinics in Killeen and Austin.

The proposed restrictions, which were to have taken effect Tuesday, are among the toughest in the nation.

The ruling Thursday means as many as 12 clinics won't be able to perform the procedure starting as soon as Friday.

Planned Parenthood said Thursday the fight against the tough new Texas abortion restrictions will continue.

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which is challenging the restrictions, said, "This fight is far from over."

Planned Parenthood in Waco stopped providing abortion services as a result of the ruling.

The balance of services offered there, including cancer screenings and birth control, are still available, a spokeswoman said.

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