Posted on October 21, 2013 at 1:45 PM
AUSTIN, Texas—The Texas attorney general’s office says new abortion limits seek to expressly protect fetal life—not just the safety of the woman terminating a pregnancy.
Advocacy groups have sued in federal court to block as unconstitutional parts of an abortion law that threw the Legislature into chaos this summer.
The law requires doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals to perform abortions, only allows abortions in surgical centers and bans the procedure after 20 weeks. It also limits medical abortions.
A judge was being asked Monday to delay enforcement of the admitting-privileges and medical-abortion rules.
But state attorneys said critics mistakenly assert the law was approved to protect only the safety of the mother.
They say it protects unborn life too, without threatening the mother’s health.