Texas federal judge temporarily blocked the controversial US near-total abortion ban.
Robert Pitman, a District Judge, issued an order Wednesday suspending the most restrictive abortion law in the country. It has banned abortions after a foetus heartbeat is detected since September 1. This usually occurs around six weeks into pregnancy.
Pitman stated in his ruling that “the state has forfeited any right to such accommodation by following an unprecedented and aggressive plan to deprive its citizens from a significant, well-established constitutional rights.”
According to an ABC News report, abortion services in Texas might not resume immediately even with the law suspended. This is because doctors are still concerned about being sued and could face a permanent legal decision.
Local officials quickly appealed to the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Order, which had previously allowed the restrictions in effect.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the Texas law into law in May. It also bans abortion in all circumstances, including in cases of rape or sexual abuse.
It bans all aid to doctors who perform the illegal abortions, and women who attempt to obtain one.
This law contains unique enforcement provisions that allow private citizens to sue abortion providers, not state officials.
In the meantime, arguments are expected to be heard by the US Supreme Court in December regarding Mississippi’s attempt to repeal 1973’s Roe v. Wade decision that guaranteed a woman’s right for an abortion.