Posted: Oct 31, 2013 11:37 PM
Updated: Oct 31, 2013 11:37 PM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A third of Texas' abortion clinics can no longer perform the procedure after a federal appeals court allowed most of the state's new abortion restrictions to take effect.
A 5th Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled Thursday that Texas can enforce its law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital while a lawsuit challenging the restrictions moves forward.
The judges issued the ruling three days after a district judge determined the provision violated the U.S. Constitution and said it serves no medical purpose.
Thursday's ruling is not final, and a different panel of judges will likely hear the case in January.
But clinics will have to follow the order for now.
Twelve of Texas' 32 abortion clinics don't have doctors who have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.