AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says he sees 'vindication' in an appeals court ruling reinstating most of the state's new abortion restrictions.
That's after a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday evening that the restrictions may be reinstated, at least temporarily. The ruling comes in the state's appeal of a lower-court ruling that had struck down most of the restrictions recently approved by the Legislature.
The panel says the law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital can take effect while a lawsuit moves forward. The restrictions could take effect Friday.
In Abbott's words, "This unanimous decision is a vindication of the careful deliberation by the Texas Legislature to craft a law to protect the health and safety of Texas women."