Politics

Sen. Ted Cruz Calls Overruling of Texas Anti-Abortion Law Unconstitutional

| by Emily Smith

Though a federal court decided that part of the Texas law requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital is unconstitutional Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz said he doesn’t accept the verdict.

"This law is constitutional and consistent with U.S. Supreme Court precedent protecting the life and health of the mother and child,” Cruz said “I hope the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will uphold Texas' reasonable law."

Cruz insisted that the law protected the health of women and their unborn children.

Texas attorney general Greg Abbott and Gov. Rick Perry have also taken stances against the decision.

Abbot promised to appeal the case to the Fifth Circuit Court, and said he would be unsurprised if the case made it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Perry said the decision would not hinder Texas in protecting women from so-called abortion mill horror stories. The governor promised that Texas would fight to enforce laws passed by elected officials and that reflect the values of the state.

In opposition to Cruz’s opinions, President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards called the verdict a victory for Texas women, noting that the law itself had been unconstitutional and not the dismissal of it.

Sources: The Huffington Post, LA Times