Reaction to federal ruling on Texas abortion law

Some reaction Monday to the federal court ruling that held that new Texas abortion restrictions violate the U.S. Constitution, a ruling that keeps open — at least for now — dozens of abortion clinics:

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“Today’s ruling marks an important victory for Texas women and sends a clear message to lawmakers: it is unconstitutional for politicians to pass laws that take personal, private decisions away from women and their doctors. While this ruling protects access to safe and legal abortion for women in many parts of the state, but it puts ideology over science by banning a safe method of abortion for many women. This kind of restriction on early abortion takes a personal, private decision away from women and their doctors. Planned Parenthood nurses and doctors are taking every step we can to ensure that women in Texas have access to the highest quality health care, no matter where they live.” — Cecile Richards, president, Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

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“We will be appealing that up to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and I have no doubt that this case is going all the way to the United States Supreme Court.” — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, candidate for Republican gubernatorial nomination.

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“Texas families are stronger and healthier when women across the state have access to quality health care. I’m not surprised by the judge’s ruling. As a mother, I would rather see our tax dollars spent on improving our kid’s schools than defending this law.” — State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, candidate for Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

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“Today’s decision will not stop our ongoing efforts to protect life and ensure the women of our state aren’t exposed to any more of the abortion-mill horror stories that have made headlines recently. We will continue fighting to implement the laws passed by the duly-elected officials of our state, laws that reflect the will and values of Texans.” — Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

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“Today’s decision has averted a catastrophic health crisis for women across the state of Texas. Politicians, not doctors, pushed for both of these unconstitutional restrictions — despite the best medical standards for women’s health care. We are committed to standing with Texas health care providers and our partners in taking every necessary step ensure all women in Texas have the same rights and access to essential health care as women living in other states.” — Nancy Northup, president and CEO, Center for Reproductive Rights.

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“I am saddened by the court’s decision to overturn certain elements of HB2 which were written to protect the health of Texas women. It is disturbing to know that the abortion industry is celebrating a so-called victory that actually reduces the standard of care for the women from whom they profit.” — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

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“We have stood with the people of Texas from the start to oppose efforts to insult the intelligence and undermine the health and safety of women and their families. We will continue the fight until all Texas women have access to the care they need.” — Terri Burke, executive director, ACLU of Texas.

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“Texas passed commonsense legislation to protect the health of women and their unborn children. This law is constitutional and consistent with U.S. Supreme Court precedent protecting the life and health of the mother and child. I hope the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will uphold Texas’ reasonable law.” — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

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