TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
At least a dozen abortion clinics across the state of Texas are no longer allowed to provide abortions as of Friday. An appeals court ruled that most of Texas' new abortion restrictions can take effect, meaning one third of the abortion clinics in the state do not meet the new requirements to perform the procedure.
It's a decision East Texas Republicans consider a win for Texas. What started with a now famous filibuster by State Senator Wendy Davis and lead to rallies, protests and bus loads of East Texans taking their peaceful protest to the capitol has come to a decision, at least for now.
"Yeah. This is not over," says Danielle Wells of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas.
After the law impacting abortion restrictions was struck down, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated most of it Thursday night. It's a bill that sparked passionate outbursts during capitol debate over the summer.
"One out of three women will now be unable to access safe abortion services. And there will be not one provider that's open west of I-35," says Wells.
However, Smith County Republicans say the bill's reinstatement is what most Texans wanted
"While we want everyone to have the best rights, you can't ignore those who can't help themselves," says Tim McCormick, the Smith County Republican Party Chairman.
The 5th Circuit judges said the law brings forth the "possibility, if not the probability however, that requiring all physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital may increase the cost of accessing an abortion provider and decrease the number of physicians available to perform abortions." The court ruled that "cannot be enough to invalidate it."
"We believe that having a higher standard of care for women is not going to end up hurting women," says McCormick.
Politicians in Austin who opposed the bill argued that it would result in hard lives for unwanted children, but Smith County Republicans say that's not a politician's choice to make
"When people talk about unwanted children being born into uncaring homes or poverty, they're playing God on the front end of somebody's life," says McCormick.
"We already know that a lot of people that have been very important in history... artists, composers, politicians, folks in the military... who had exceptional accomplishments... they were an unwanted child," McCormick adds.
However, if you ask Planned Parenthood, the fight doesn't end here. Planned parenthood filed the initial lawsuit against the state in federal court. The organization continues to argue that the new abortion law violates the constitutional rights of women and puts unreasonable demands on doctors who perform abortions.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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