US appeals court upholds new Texas abortion rules
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.
Lawyers for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers had argued the regulations did not protect women.