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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 11:32pm
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — Texas' Attorney General filed an appeal on Tuesday, hoping to overturn Monday's controversial abortion ruling.
Greg Abbott filed an emergency appeal with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans and asked that the judge make a same-day decision so Texas would be allowed to enforce the abortion law passed in July.
The judge did not return with a decision on Tuesday.
On Monday, a federal judge decided the new regulations passed by the state in July, were unconstitutional and violate the rights of abortion doctors to do what they think is best for their patients and would unreasonably restrict a woman's access to abortions.
The judge struck a requirement that doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of an abortion clinic.
It was a decision that re-ignited the abortion debate, proving once more that the battle has just begun.
"Texas women should be protected and Texas women deserve better," said Gabriela Federico from 40 Days for Life in El Paso.
"We think that it's something that the women of Texas are owed. That they get a service that have a legal right to get," said Gerri Laster from Reproductive Services El Paso.
Local abortion clinics like Reproductive Services said Monday's ruling is a step forward in a very long battle.
"It's a service they need, it's one that they know is here for them," said Laster. "We have to work harder, within the law, to make sure that women have access to abortion services."
Local pro-life organizations like "40 Days for Life" took a moment to pray on Tuesday.
They said Abbott's appeal is the right move at this point in the game.
"This is a common-sense law. These laws were meant to protect women, and to protect their health, and to protect their children," said Federico. "I think this is going to open the door to have more abortion restrictions, you know, until abortion is illegal."
Monday's ruling does not alter the bill's ban on abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy and doctors are still required to perform all abortions in surgical facilities.
In the meantime, it's business as usual for abortion clinics across the state.