Some are calling this a victory for State Senator Wendy Davis who filibustered the original law. Later Texas Governor Rick Perry called the legislature back into session where the law passed and Perry signed it.
The Houston Chronicle reported that "U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled Monday that a provision to require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is unconstitutional.
Yeakel also partially blocked new restrictions on pregnancy-ending drugs, saying they "may not be enforced against any physician who determines, in appropriate medical judgment, to perform a medication-abortion using the off-label protocol for the preservation of the life or health of the mother."
Similar laws have been blocked by federal courts in Alabama, Mississippi, North Dakota and Wisconsin. It is anticipated that the cases will head to higher courts.
Texas Governor Rick Perry said in a statement:
"Today's decision will not stop our ongoing efforts to protect life and ensure the women of our state aren't exposed to any more of the abortion-mill horror stories that have made headlines recently. We will continue fighting to implement the laws passed by the duly-elected officials of our state, laws that reflect the will and values of Texans."