As Alec notes, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the injunction that Judge Lee Yeakel placed on some of Texas’s new abortion regulations. The injunction, which I detailed here, would keep state officials from enforcing some of the tightened abortion regulations that were part of the omnibus abortion bill that state senator (and now gubernatorial candidate) Wendy Davis filibustered this summer. Over at the Texas Tribune, Becca Aaronson explains the rationale of the three judges (all female) who reversed Yeakel’s injunction:
The judges, Priscilla R. Owen, Jennifer Walker Elrod and Catharina Haynes, wrote that “there is a substantial likelihood that the state will prevail in its argument that Planned Parenthood failed to establish an undue burden on women seeking abortions or that the hospital-admitting-privileges requirement creates a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion.” Furthermore, they wrote,”we also conclude that the state has made a strong showing of likelihood of success on the merits, at least in part, as to its appeal of the injunction pertaining to medication abortions.”
It’s a temporary win for pro-life activists in a fight that may ultimately end up at the Supreme Court.