Branch Files Brief Defending Abortion Restrictions

State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, who is vying to be the state’s next attorney general, filed an amicus brief on Friday encouraging the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm abortion restrictions approved by the Legislature earlier this year.

This is the second such brief that Branch — who is facing state Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, and Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman in the Republican primary — has filed on a hot-button issue since the start of his campaign.

In August, he filed a brief with the Texas Supreme Court defending a state law that defines marriage as ...

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