Texas’ 6-Week Abortion Ban Back in Effect, Appeals Court Rules

In Summary

An appeals court temporarily blocked a federal judge’s order, resuming controversial Texas law that banned most abortions. 

Texas’ restrictive abortion ban is back in effect after a federal appeals court put a temporary hold on a lower court’s order, blocking it on Friday night.   

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the state’s appeal to place an administrative stay on the U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman’s order, according to CNN.   

On Wednesday, Pitman ruled that the abortion law, which banned the procedure once a fetal heartbeat was detected, was “flagrantly unconstitutional.”  

In its appeal, the state of Texas said that Pitman’s order violated precedent in its targeting of state courts, CNN reported.   

RELATED: Federal Judge Blocks Strict Texas Abortion Law 

“There is no precedent for the district court’s injunction; it grossly and irreparably interferes with Texas state-court operations,” Texas said in its filing. “It also places state courts and their employees under imminent threat of contempt based on the actions of third parties that they cannot control.”  

The legal fight on abortions in Texas is far from over. The Department of Justice challenged the Texas abortion law and may ask the full appeals court to reconsider the 5th Circuit Court’s ruling, according to BuzzFeed.   

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