AUSTIN, Texas -

A federal appeals court has reinstated most of Texas' new abortion restrictions.

A panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Thursday evening, three days after District Judge Lee Yeakel said one provision serves no medical purpose.

The panel says that the law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital can take effect while a lawsuit moves forward.

The Texas attorney general's office argued that the law is a constitutional use of the Legislature's authority.

Lawyers for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers had argued that the regulations did not protect women and would shut down a third of the abortion clinics in Texas.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says he sees `vindication' in an appeals court ruling reinstating most of the state's new abortion restrictions.

In Abbott's words, "This unanimous decision is a vindication of the careful deliberation by the Texas Legislature to craft a law to protect the health and safety of Texas women."

Planned Parenthood says the fight against the tough new Texas abortion restrictions will continue.

Cecile Richards is president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which is challenging the restrictions. She says "This fight is far from over."