A federal judge is deciding whether to delay the implementation of new abortion restrictions across the state of Texas.
Over the summer, Texas lawmakers passed the controversial law which requires that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The law is also set to change how abortion-inducing drugs are administered.
Planned Parenthood maintains the law goes too far and unnecessarily puts Texas women at risk.
"We're here to protect women's health and make sure women in Texas have access to a safe legal, abortion in Texas," Sarah Wheat with Planned Parenthood said.
Wheat’s organization is one the plaintiffs asking a judge to hold off on the implementation of the two parts of the law which are set to go into effect Oct. 29.
"This law was divisive and controversial and passed in an incredibly controversial way,” Wheat said. “They gave it an almost immediate start date so some of the provisions take effect at the end of this month, which honestly isn't time for any health center to necessarily get in compliance."
In the opening statement made by the Texas Attorney General’s Office, the defense said the law was enacted not only for protecting women's health, but to also protect the unborn and that the constitution allows the state to have an interest in protecting fetal life.
"As the pregnancy grows, we have a growing interest in protecting unborn human life and yes, the interest of maternal health also," Kyleen Wright, president of Texans for Life, said.
At this point in the proceedings, both parties are cautiously optimistic about what's expected to be a long road of litigation ahead.
"We're pretty confident,” Wright said. “We did our homework and I think you're seeing that today and you'll see that all the way through the process."
The case is expected to continue Tuesday morning.