A ruling made Thursday by a federal appeals court has most of the restrictions in the Texas abortion law taking effect.
And that means at least 12 clinics in the state cannot perform abortions.
The restrictions were suppose to go into effect earlier this week but a lower court blocked them.
Then yesterday, a panel of judges on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said the law, which requires doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, can begin immediately.
While lawsuits challenging the restrictions continue moving forward, Senator Craig Estes provided KFDX with this statement regarding the new abortion law:
"I am extremely pleased that Texas' pro-life legislation, supported by a majority of Texans, will be allowed to take effect.
This legislation, designed to protect women and unborn children, is the law of the land while liberals continue to challenge at the courthouse what they couldn't get done through the legislative process."
We also spoke with Representative James Frank who is happy a key a part of the abortion bill is reinstated.
The new restrictions will remain in effect until January when the appeals court will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the law.
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