Judge’s ruling on abortion bill sparks protests

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HOUSTON, TX – Texas is known for some famous battles like the Alamo and San Jacinto; but admit it, were all living the abortion battle now.

You knew this was going to happen. The fight over this week’s ruling that put a hold on the state’s controversial abortion law has both sides firing rhetoric.

“This edifice behind us is a shameful, shameful monument to what abortion is all about,” said Representative Steve Toth at a protest outside Planned Parenthood’s facility on the Gulf Freeway. “It’s about the bottom line, it’s about money, it’s a multibillion dollar industry.”

Politicians, students, and just about anyone else upset the law was deemed ‘unconstitutional” by a Federal judge in Austin.

“All we’re asking for with this bill is really just protection and correct care for women,” said St. Joseph’s Medical Center OBGYN Kathryn Karges.

The crowd was the first big one to protest here since the ruling that meant abortion clinics across the state didn’t have to close this week. Gone for now are the requirement that doctors have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of a clinic and the rule that clinics have the same standards of ambulatory centers.

Planned Parenthood brought the issue to court and won. Now, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is showing his hand to an appeals court — hoping to get a full hearing in January.

The bottom line: expect both sides to fire legal shots all the way to the Supreme Court. Which means this battle could still be dominating talk at holiday dinners. Season’s Greetings y’all!

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