A federal judge has thrown out new abortion restrictions that would have banned the procedure at most Texas facilities where women can legally end a pregnancy.
U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on Friday sided with abortion clinics that challenged one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry in 2013.
The law would have required the clinics to meet hospital-level operating standards by Sept. 1. That would have left seven places for women to get an abortion in Texas, down from the 19 facilities that abortion-rights groups say are currently available.
Judge Yeakel’s wrote the Texas law “is unconstitutional because it imposes an undue burden on the right of women throughout Texas to seek a pre-viability abortion,”
The state is expected to appeal to the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.