A federal judge in Austin has struck down parts of the bill that would have given Texas some of the toughest abortion laws in the country. But the legal battle is far from over.
That's because Attorney General Greg Abbott has already filed an appeal. The decision by Judge Lee Yeakel didn't come as a shock to Elizabeth Graham of Texas Right to Life.
“We’re not surprised by the ruling,” said Elizabeth Graham of Texas Right to Life moments after the decision was announced.
And Graham is hoping for quick action on an injunction while the legal battle continues.
“They expect a decision quickly on the injunction,” Graham told KTRH.
Graham said Abbott is prepared to go the distance on this.
“The Attorney General has been committed to appealing this law all the way if necessary to make sure this law does take effect,” Graham explained.
In Judge Yeakel’s ruling, he said requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals violated the Constitution. The ruling means abortion clinics that would have had to close today will stay open, for now. Nancy Northup of the Center for Reproductive Rights says the judge made the right call.
“We’re ecstatic about the fact the court saw the admitting privileges law for what it was, an underhanded attempt to close clinics,” Northup said.