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El Paso abortion clinic reacts to judge's ruling on abortion ruling
By: Gina Benitez
EL PASO, Texas
A federal judge in Texas ruled part of the abortion law set to take effect Tuesday, unconstitutional.
Doctors performing abortions would have had to have privileges to admit patients to a hospital thirty miles within the clinic.
That provision was overturned Monday.
While it's a small victory for clinics like these, it's not technically a win for either side.
"There was never a need for it in the first place. I don't see how doctors having privileges at a hospital protects a woman that's having an abortion," said Gerri Laster, executive administrator of Reproductive Services.
It was set to go into effect tomorrow.
"It's not necessary and it's been a good 15 years since we've had hospitalizations."
Had the provision gone through, opponents of the law said it would force about a third of abortion clinics in Texas to shut down.
"We would have been affected, i don't know, pretty much as it stood, we were okay," Laster said.
But Monday, a federal judge ruled this part of the law unconstitutional.
He said it stopped doctors from doing what's best for their patients.
"We're monitored by the Texas Department of Health and we go through all the steps to make sure that patients are safe and having a safe medical procedure," Laster said.
But some parts of the law were upheld, like the requiring of doctors to use a certain protocol in medical abortions.
"They (women having an abortion) would have to take the three pills again and then they'd have to return to the clinic to insert the four pills that would finish the procedure which means three or four visits now for the lady," Laster said.
Laster said, this is even worse and the part of the bill that concerns her.
"I just feel like that's more of an endangerment to women than a safe procedure," Laster said.
Laster is relieved but knows the fight is far from over.
"I hope all of it's overturned. Start out fresh, be fair, be fair to women. Because they ultimately have the choice to make with their bodies," said Laster.
State officials are expected to file an emergency appeal of the judges order.
These proposed restrictions were some of the toughest in the nation.