A federal judge told both sides in Texas' abortion battle he'll make a ruling on the law's constitutionality before it takes effect next Tuesday.
The judge heard two days of testimony before closing arguments wrapped up Wednesday. Abortion advocates argue the strict regulations will leave tens of thousands of women without access.
“The Supreme Court has held laws that affect women like this are blatantly unconstitutional, and we hope the court will hold the same here,” says the ACLU's Brigitte Amiri.
At issue are strict regulations for the so-called morning after pill, and requiring abortion clinics be affiliated with nearby hospitals.
“No other type of outpatient medical provider is required to have admitting privileges in Texas,” Amiri tells KTRH News.
The ruling she says, could cause a ripple effect nationwide.
“We are seeing politicians around the country trying to take away a woman's ability to make the best decision for themselves and their families,” says Amiri.
State attorneys argue the regulations fall within the right of the Legislature to protect the life of a fetus.