Three weeks after a judge declared part of Texas' new pro-life laws unconstitutional, the state's lieutenant governor told LifeSiteNews he believes the law will be upheld.
“At the end of the day, what we've accomplished with House Bill 2 is one hundred percent legal and will be confirmed by the courts,” David Dewhurst told LifeSiteNews at the annual Values Voters Summit.
House Bill 2, which was passed in the summer of 2013 and would have fully taken effect on September 1, had its requirement that all abortion clinics meet ambulatory standards declared unconstitutional by Judge Lee Yeakel. Yeakel said the law was designed to close clinics, not help women.
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“Twenty-seven other states have required that abortions be performed in ambulatory surgical centers, and our intent was to help protect the health of the mother, but also, at the end of the day, prevent as many abortions as we can,” Dewhurst explained. “Our bill is eminently fair.”
Yeakel's decision has allowed at least one abortion clinic to reopen. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has appealed the decision.