In a ruling handed down Wednesday, the judges on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an abortion ban currently in place in Texas, The New York Times reported.
The decision, which reverses a lower court ruling, will protect a Texas rule banning in the state a certain form of abortion commonly performed during the second trimester.
The ruling is a key sign that the federal judiciary is leaning away from Democrats and toward the pro-life platform.
That all changed this week, Reuters reported, when the 5th Circuit found that the plaintiffs seeking to overturn the ban had failed to prove the law “imposes an undue burden on a large fraction of women in the relevant circumstances.”
Understandably, abortion advocates and medical figures tied to Planned Parenthood were quick to cry foul.
Leftists cry foul
In comments to Reuters, Dr. Bhavik Kumar, an abortion provider working for Planned Parenthood in Houston, claimed that the 5th Circuit “has allowed extremist politicians to interfere in private healthcare decisions that should stay between patients and their physicians.”
According to The Hill, the ruling also prompted outrage from Planned Parenthood president and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson.
“Bans like these create a world where your ability to control your life depends on who you are and how much money you earn,” she said in a statement, calling the decision “a discriminatory attack against people of color, people with low incomes, women, and those in rural communities,” as The Hill reported.
“The right to respect the life”
But the judges said the lower court had “committed numerous, reversible legal and factual errors,” according to The New York Times.
It remains to be seen whether this case will eventually come before the nation’s highest court. As the Times notes, another law banning abortions in Mississippi will soon be heard by the Supreme Court, giving the high court’s conservative-leaning bench a rare opportunity to revisit the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that gave the green light to abortions nationwide.
In the meantime, pro-life advocates are celebrating the ruling out of Texas. “Texas has the right to respect the life of unborn children, and it did so when it chose to strictly limit the gruesome procedure of dismemberment abortions,” Elissa Graves, a lawyer who represents the Alliance Defending Freedom, told the Times. “[The Texas law] is both humane and constitutional.”