• U.S. appeals court upholds new Texas abortion rules

    By WILL WEISSERT | Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Texas’ tough new abortion restrictions that shuttered many of the abortions clinics in the state. A panel of judges at the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court judge who said the rules violate the U.S. Constitution and served no medical purpose. In its opinion, the appeals court said the law “on its face does not impose an undue burden on the life and health of a woman.” Texas lawmakers last year passed some of the toughest restrictions in the U.S. on when, where and how women may obtain an abortion.