Austin, TX, United States (4E) – A federal judge ruled Monday that two key provisions of a Texas law were unconstitutional halting their enforcement Tuesday, when the law takes effect.
U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel said requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and requiring doctors to follow U.S. Food and Drug Administration protocols approved in 2000 for the delivery of abortion pills were unconstitutional. Not affected by the ruling on the law passed in July is a provision banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, unless the woman’s health is endangered or there is evidence of severe fetal abnormality.
Ken S. Lambrecht, chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, hailed the ruling to the lawsuit filed last month by the Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union.
“It is unconstitutional for politicians to pass laws that take personal, private decisions away from women and their doctors,” Houston Chronicle quoted Lambrecht as saying.
The lawsuit argued the provisions on admitting privilege and medication-abortion would force clinics across Texas to close leaving tens of thousands of Texas women without access to safe abortions.
Attorney General Greg Abbott appealed the ruling an hour after it was issued.
Reacting to the ruling, Gov. Rick Perry, according to Chronicle, said, “We will continue fighting to implement the laws passed by the duly-elected officials of our state, laws that reflect the will and values of Texans.”