Nightly News   |  October 28, 2013

Federal judge strikes down Texas abortion restrictions

A federal judge has put one of the strictest abortion laws in the country on hold. NBC’s Pete Williams reports.

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>>> you may remember the one-woman filibuster in the texas state house a few months back. it was about legislation that became one of the strictest abortion laws in the country. tonight a federal judge put it on hold. our justice correspondent pete williams in our washington bureau tonight with the latest on this abortion issue in texas . pete, good evening.

>> reporter: good evening. the law was to take effect tomorrow. it would have forced a third of the three dozen abortion clinics p in texas to shut down. despite that dramatic filibuster of state senator the wendy davis when the law was considered the state legislature passed it in july. it required any doctor performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic to provide better care in emergencies, the law's sponsor said. a federal judge in austin said that provision places an undue burden on a woman seeking a legal abortion and adds no medical value. judge narrowed another part of the law that limited the use of a two-pill system for medical or nonsurgical abortions. the state is certain to the appeal. brian?

>> pete williams on the texas situation from washington tonight. pete,