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Federal Judge Rejects Part of Restrictive Texas Abortion Law

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- A federal judge rejected part of the state's abortion law that would have required abortion clinics to meet hospital-level operating room standards by Sept. 1 or close.

The law would have left just seven facilities in Texas as legal abortion sites. For now, at least 19 such facilities will remain open. An appeal from the state is expected.

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis called the decision "a victory for women's health care." Davis notably filibustered the abortion bill for 11 hours before it passed during a special session. "These decisions," Davis said, "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."

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