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Cruz Defends Texas Anti-Abortion Law: It's Constitutional

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"Texas passed commonsense legislation to protect the health of women and their unborn children," Cruz said in a statement. "This law is constitutional and consistent with U.S. Supreme Court precedent protecting the life and health of the mother and child. I hope the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will uphold Texas' reasonable law."

A federal court has ruled unconstitutional a portion of the law that restricts access to abortion clinics.