Texas governor's book on struggle after paralyzing accident

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Posted: Apr 04, 2016 1:58 PM
Texas governor's book on struggle after paralyzing accident

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott has written a book detailing how he overcame a freak accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down and outlining his plan to "restore the Constitution."

"Broken But Unbowed" will be released May 17.

In 1984 at age 26, Abbott was jogging when a falling tree crushed his spine and left him using a wheelchair. He received millions in a lawsuit settlement, but now opposes large jury awards in civil cases.

Abbott was Texas attorney general before becoming governor and sued the Obama administration repeatedly over policies including environmental regulations and the nation's health care law.

Abbott said in a statement Monday that he hopes his book will encourage Americans to "join the fight to restore lawful freedom and fix our country's foundation."