A federal judge ruled Friday it is unconstitutional to close a number of abortion clinics in the state of Texas, effectively throwing out a key component of an anti-abortion state law that has been considered one of the most restrictive in the country.
In the ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel wrote that closing the clinics would create an “impermissible obstacle to all women seeking a previability abortion.”
Under the new law, a number of abortion clinics would have to be closed because they didn’t meet the new operational requirements. That part of the law, which was signed by Gov. Rick Perry last year, was scheduled to take effect on Monday and would have required the closing of a majority of 19 abortion clinics in the state.
CNN’s AnneClaire Stapleton contributed to this report.