Texas AG Asks Court to Reinstate Abortion Law

Just ruled unconstitutional


Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court judge to immediately reinstate a restriction on abortion that a lower court judge had ruled unconstitutional, according to a court filing.

A federal court judge on Monday ruled unconstitutional a provision requiring physicians who perform abortions to have an agreement with a local hospital to admit patients. That was part of a sweeping new Texas law restricting abortions that was set to go into effect on Tuesday.

Abbott, a Republican who is running for Texas governor, asked the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn that ruling by the end of the day, and requested a full court hearing on the issue in January.