Federal appeals court reinstates key part of Texas abortion law
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Abortions are being halted at 12 clinics in Texas after an appeals court reinstated a key part of a controversial new law on Thursday night.
"I'm very happy. It gave a voice to a lot of people here in Texas, that our great state of Texas we believe in family values. We stand for life," said Rose Cabrera of Concerned Women of America.
The regulations were supposed to go into effect on Tuesday, but they were blocked by a lower court and ruled "unconstitutional."
The part of the law now reinstated mandates that abortion doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic.
"You may lose a battle but I know we're going to win the war so we're going to on this issue for the next at least six months to make sure we get good electeds (sic) in power," said Lyda Ness-Garcia.
Planned Parenthood has discontinued abortion services at four Texas locations including Fort Worth, Austin, Waco, and Lubbock.
They said staff members began calling patients to cancel appointments Thursday evening as soon as the ruling came down.