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Perry: Ruling Won’t Stop Anti-Abortion Efforts

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the National Right to Life convention at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport Hotel June 27, 2013 in Grapevine, Texas. Perry has reportedly vowed to continue the fight for a more restrictive abortion law in Texas after the state legislature failed to get the law passed during a special session because of a filibuster and protests. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the National Right to Life convention at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport Hotel June 27, 2013 in Grapevine, Texas. Perry has reportedly vowed to continue the fight for a more restrictive abortion law in Texas after the state legislature failed to get the law passed during a special session because of a filibuster and protests. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry says a federal judge’s declaring parts of Texas’ tough new restrictions on abortion unconstitutional won’t stop the state from protecting fetal life.

District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled Monday that abortion rules approved this summer by the Legislature place an unconstitutional burden on women terminating pregnancies.

In a statement, Perry said the ruling will “not stop our ongoing efforts to protect life” and to keep women from being exposed to “abortion-mill horror stories.”

Perry said Texas will keep fighting for “laws that reflect the will and values of Texans.”

Advocacy groups sued to partially block the law.

They argued that a provision requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital less than 30 miles away would have shuttered about a third of the state’s 38 abortion clinics.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

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