Final arguments close Texas abortion law case

By: CHRIS TOMLINSON Associated Press
By: CHRIS TOMLINSON Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Abortion providers have told a federal judge that new restrictions in Texas would leave tens of thousands of women without access to the procedure, but attorneys for the state said the stricter regulations fall within the right of the Legislature to protect "fetal life."

Judge Lee Yeakel said Wednesday he would make a ruling on the law's constitutionality before it takes effect on Oct. 29.

Yeakel heard two days of testimony, mostly from abortion rights groups who say the requirements are unnecessary and intended solely to block a woman's right to an abortion. Andy Oldham, arguing for the Texas attorney general, said the restrictions on when, where and how women may obtain an abortion would better protect the health of women and protect the state's interest in the fetus' life.

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