Abortion debate swings in favor of pro-choice advocates

A federal judge declares Texas abortion restrictions unconstitutional

It's business as usual at Planned Parenthood in McAllen where calls from Hidalgo County residents continue to flow in.

"We are so relieved."

It's music to the ears of RGV Planned Parenthood CEO Patricio Gonzalez who has had to make so many changes to the services they provide women in the valley since the great abortion debate was fired up two years ago.

"If the ban had gone through women in South Texas would have to travel 500 miles to get an abortion or would turn to Mexico to get the abortion pills."

But now, the pro-choice advocates are celebrating a win after a federal judge declares Texas abortion restrictions unconstitutional.

The practice many oppose will continue without interruption.

Abortions are not performed at Planned Parenthood centers but at the Women's Health Clinic in McAllen, where women can continue getting surgical abortions or will be given medication, which a majority chose in order to induce a miscarriage.

"They will have the option to take three pills, one at the clinic and the others at home with less complications."

Restrictions were expected to go into effect Tuesday and if any emergency appeals are not approved, pro-choicers can claim victory for now.

There are two provisions that remain intact which include bans on 20 week abortions and the requirement for surgeries and medication distribution to be performed at an ambulatory hospital which is scheduled to go into effect in 2014.