Federal Judge Lee Yeakel has issued a nationwide injunction against enforcement of a Texas abortion law set to take effect Jan. 23.
The law includes eight provisions, including requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and banning abortions after 20 weeks.
Judge Lee Yeakel issued the injunction this afternoon:
“To allow abortion providers in Texas to continue to practice without the threat of onerous and unnecessary regulation by the State and without litigation delays, Plaintiffs’ request for an injunction against the abortion provisions in Austin Defendants’ Act received the degree of ‘extraordinary and unreparable harm’ required to remain pending in this Court.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued the following statement on Judge Lee’s ruling:
“The Court has spoken with clear and emphatic clarity that certain abortion regulations put in place by the State of Texas are vital to protect the lives of the unborn. I appreciate the Court’s ruling halting enforcement of this unconstitutional law, and once again urge the Democratic leadership in the House and Senate to follow the Court’s lead and pass legislation that will put women’s health over politics.”
Click here to read the ruling.