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Appeals court reinstates most of Texas' new abortion restrictions

A federal appeals court has reinstated most of Texas' new abortion restrictions.

A panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Thursday evening, three days after District Judge Lee Yeakel said one provision serves no medical purpose.

The panel says that the law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital can take effect while a lawsuit moves forward.

The Texas attorney general's office argued that the law is a constitutional use of the Legislature's authority.

Lawyers for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers had argued that the regulations did not protect women and would shut down a third of the abortion clinics in Texas.

Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to grant an emergency stay lifting the injunction against House Bill 2:

"Today's decision affirms our right to protect both the unborn and the health of the women of Texas. We will continue doing everything we can to protect a culture of life in our state."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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