Appeals court upholds Texas abortion law provisions

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld previously struck down provisions of Texas' strict abortion law.

The 5th Circuit Appeals Court disagreed with a U.S. district court ruling that said parts of the abortion law were unconstitutional, reports CNN. When the appeals court initially placed a stay on the ruling, several abortion clinics were force to close down.

The appeals court said that the legislation "on its face does not impose an undue burden on the life and health of a woman."

The abortion law, which the Texas Republican-controlled legislature claims will save the lives of women, require doctors to have admitting privileges at a close hospital and limits the use of abortion-inducing pills, according to The Associated Press. The law also says that procedures need to occur at a surgical facility.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled late last year that parts of the bill were unconstitutional because it limited women's access to abortion.

Opposition to the Texas law say that the legislation's only true aim is to restrict abortions in the state since few abortion doctors have admitting privileges.

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