Federal Appeals Court Upholds Texas Abortion Restrictions Similar To North Dakota's

Back when North Dakota passed a raft of pro-life bills, including one requiring abortion doctors working in the state to have admitting privileges, they were scorned by those saying they were unconstitutional and would only serve to embroil the state in pointless legal battles.

But the admitting privileges law has a pretty good legal track record so far. Here in North Dakota pro-abortion groups that had filed a lawsuit ended up settling the case after the state’s lone abortion clinic got admitting privileges from Sanford Health.

Now, in Texas, a federal appeals court has ruled that a similar law is constitutional.

AUSTIN, Texas – A federal appeals court has upheld Texas’ tough new abortion restrictions.

A panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling Thursday.

The Texas attorney general’s office argued that the law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital is a constitutional use of the Legislature’s authority.

It seems like the pro-lifers are winning this fight, a little bit at a time.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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