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Final Arguments Expected Today In Federal Trial Over Texas Abortion Restrictions

Updated: Tuesday, October 22 2013, 06:18 AM CDT
This morning, we expect final testimony in the federal trial to delay controversial abortion restrictions from kicking in across Texas.

The law goes into effect a week from today, but Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice groups are suing to block key parts of the law.

Today is Planned Parenthood's last chance to make their case to the federal judge to delay the law, one they say would mean closing abortion clinics in Killeen, Waco, Fort Worth, Lubbock, and the Rio Grande Valley, leaving about a third of Texas women without access.

Those defending the law say it protects women and the life of the unborn. Those challenging the restrictions tell us there are a couple of testimonies left then the judge will hear arguments.

After that, he'll take the case under advisement, and then issue a ruling before the law kicks in October 29.

The hearing starts at 9 a.m. If the judge finds the law unconstitutional, Attorney General Greg Abbott will reportedly appeal the decision to a conservative court in New Orleans.
Final Arguments Expected Today In Federal Trial Over Texas Abortion Restrictions


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