2021-10-09 05:31:55 US appeals court allows Texas to resume ban on most abortions | Women’s Rights News
US appeals court allows Texas to resume ban on most abortions | Women’s Rights News
The New Orleans-based court’s decision came as abortion clinics in Texas resumed operations.
A federal appeals court in the United States ruled Friday that Texas’s ban on most abortions could be reinstated, two days after another court suspended the ban.
The New Orleans-based court’s decision came as clinics in Texas resumed providing abortions for the first time since the law prohibiting abortions after six weeks went into effect in September.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed an appeal on Thursday against a ruling by US District Judge Robert Pitman in Austin that prevents the state from enforcing the Republican-backed law, which prohibits women from obtaining abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, while litigation over its legality is ongoing.
The case is part of a ferocious legal battle in the United States over abortion access, with numerous states attempting to impose restrictions on the procedure.
The administration of President Joe Biden filed a challenge to the Texas law after the US Supreme Court allowed it to take effect.
Biden’s Justice Department sued Texas on September 9 and sought a temporary restraining order against the law, claiming that the measure violates the US Constitution during an October 1 hearing.
The US Supreme Court approved the law’s implementation on September 1 by a 5-4 vote led by conservative justices.
Many women do not realize they are pregnant until they are six weeks pregnant. Pregnancies caused by rape or incest are not exempt from the law.
The Texas law empowers citizens to enforce the ban by rewarding them with at least $10,000 if they successfully sue anyone who assists in the provision of an abortion after foetal cardiac activity is detected. According to critics of the law, this provision allows people to act as anti-abortion bounty hunters.
The Justice Department contended that the law prevents women from exercising their constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy, as recognized by the Supreme Court in the Roe v Wade decision. The landmark 1973 decision legalized abortion throughout the United States.