Austin Federal District Judge Holds Texas Anti-Abortion Law Unconstitutional

Austin Federal District Judge Lee Yeakel recently issued an opinion that the provision in Texas’ recent anti-abortion statute requiring that doctors performing abortions must have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals violates the Constitution. Judge Yeakel wrote that the requirement unreasonably restricts a wonan’s access to abortion clinic and the rights of abortion doctors to do what they think is in the best interests of their patients. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed an emergency appeal of the ruling to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals which sits in New Orleans.

Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis opposed the passage of the law, engaging in a 13 hour filibuster in an attempt to block the passage of the bill. Senator Davis has announced her intent to run for Governor of the State of Texas. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has also announced his candidacy for Governor.

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