Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, called a federal judge’s Friday decision to strike down stricter medical regulations on abortion and the clinics a “real war on women.”
The bill, which was signed by Gov. Rick Perry last July, would place limits on abortions after 20 weeks and set tighter safety standards on abortion clinics in the state.
“Today’s decision is a setback and would allow abortion facilities to continue operating under substandard conditions — that is a real war on women,” Mr. Cruz, who is considering a bid for president in 2016, wrote on his Facebook page.
The new standards, set to begin on Monday, would have effectively shut down many clinics across the sprawling state, particularly hitting those outside a handful of big cities, according to the Texas Tribune.
“The court is firmly convinced that the State has placed unreasonable obstacles in the path of a woman’s ability to obtain a previability abortion,” Judge Lee Yeakel, who was appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush, wrote in his opinion.
Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis, who is running for governor and who catapulted to national fame and the #StandWithWendy hashtag in her eventually unsuccessful bid to filibuster the bill, agreed with the ruling, calling it a “victory for women’s health care.”
“These decisions should only be made between a woman, her doctor and her God — not Austin politicians like Attorney General Greg Abbott, who would make abortion illegal even in cases of rape and incest,” Ms. Davis said, adding a shot at her Republican rival in the gubernatorial race, according to the Tribune.