The state has been given the go-ahead to enforce the controversial sonogram bill passed last legislative session, for now. The law requires doctors to perform a sonogram before performing an abortion. They are also required to describe the images and fetal heartbeat to the patient.

A group of doctors and abortion providers sued to have the law overturned, claiming it violated their first Amendment rights. In response, Austin federal district court judge Sam Sparks granted a preliminary injunction.

The state appealed, and today, a three judge panel at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the injunction, saying the law does not violate free speech. In part, the ruling states, "the possibility that such information ‘might cause the woman to choose childbirth over abortion’ does not render the provisions unconstitutional."

The case is likely not over though. The plaintiffs can still appeal to the full court of appeals panel.

The legislation was one of Gov. Perry’s emergency items last session. He issued this statement following today’s court ruling:

“Today’s ruling is a victory for all who stand in defense of life. Every life lost to abortion is a tragedy, and this important sonogram legislation ensures that every Texas woman seeking an abortion has all the facts about the life she is carrying, and understands the devastating impact of such a life-ending decision. We will continue to fight any attempt to limit our state’s laws that value and protect the unborn.”

You can read the court’s full decision here: