AUSTIN (March 27, 2014) The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday upheld new abortion restrictions that shuttered many of the abortions clinics in Texas.
The New Orleans-based appeals court issued the ruling Thursday, overturning a lower court's decision that the rules violated the U.S. Constitution and served no medical purpose.
Gov. Rick Perry praised the ruling, calling it “good news for Texas women and the unborn.”
Attorney General Greg Abbott called the ruling, “a vindication of the careful deliberation by the Texas Legislature to craft a law to protect the health and safety of Texas women.”
Texas lawmakers last year passed some of the toughest restrictions in the U.S. on when, where and how women may obtain an abortion.
The Republican-controlled Legislature required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and placed strict limits on doctors prescribing abortion-inducing pills.
In its opinion, the appeals court said Texas lawmakers were within their rights to impose the rules.
Other federal courts reached the opposite conclusion, setting the stage for an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.