The Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Texas' tough, new abortion law is not unconstitutional, and reversed a lower court’s previous ruling. Jonathan Saenz of Texas Values told KTRH this is a huge victory.
“This is a very significant ruling on a big issue for Texas women,” Saenz told KTRH. “This is an issue that was vetted by lawyers when it went through the legislative process. It should be no surprise this was held up as constitutional.”
While many experts think this will wind up going all the way to the Supreme Court, Saenz doesn't see it happening.
“I don’t think there’s any chance this goes to the Supreme Court. I don’t think we’re going to see much more happen on this case,” Saenz explained. “This does not rise to the level of going to the Supreme Court.”
Among those praising the ruling include Governor Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Perry said, “The people of Texas have spoken through their elected leaders and in support of protecting the culture of life in our state. Today’s court decision is good news for Texas women and the unborn, and we will continue to fight for the protection of life and women’s health in Texas.”
Abbott said in a statement that, “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.”
But not everyone supports the ruling. Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis took a shot at Abbott, saying, "Greg Abbott wants to force his personal political agenda on Texas women," Davis said. "Insider politicians like Abbott are endangering Texas women's health by shutting down access to cancer screenings, pre-natal care, preventative care and birth control across the state."
NARAL Pro Choice America says the ruling adds more of a burden to Texas women.
“Today's decision by Texas’ Fifth Circuit Court ignores the data about the safety of these procedures and adds one more burden on a woman's right to make personal decisions for herself about when, where, and how to have a family. While Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land, Texas—and other states—seem determined to invalidate that decision by making it almost impossible for women to access the care they need. Clinics are already closing at an alarming rate, and this decision assures there will be fewer facilities for women to safely access abortion care. This decision reaffirms that we need to continue the fight to ensure that all women, regardless of where they live, can exercise their constitutional right to choose, and it makes even more critical our efforts to pass legislation like the Women's Health Protection Act at the federal level so women are awarded their full rights regardless of their zip code.”
For now, at least, the new laws will be enforced. And under that law, we've already seen many abortion clinics closed around the state.