A federal judge in the United States temporarily blocked the law tonight (Thursday) that prevented women from having an abortion in the state of Texas after 6 weeks of pregnancy – this is a severe blow that the law is suffering and its future is in a fog. The order issued by Federal Judge Robert Pittman is a victory for organizations that support women’s right to abortion, and the Texas Attorney General’s Office has made it clear that they will appeal the order. The law was blocked after an appeal by the Biden administration, and the order would prevent Texas from enforcing the Republican-backed law while legal proceedings are underway.
The blocked law prohibits women from having an abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy, and is the strictest in the United States. The law allows private citizens to sue abortion assistants, such as doctors or counselors, and win $ 10,000 – thereby deterring many factors from helping women have abortions. By nightfall, the law had been at the heart of a difficult dispute in the United States and several attempts to repeal it had survived.
About a week ago, a lawyer from the Texas Attorney General’s Office made it clear that if the law is blocked, Texas will go to the Court of Appeals, which is known to be extremely conservative and has previously refused to require abortion centers to block the law. The U.S. Supreme Court has also refused to block the law so far.
Other states in the southern United States have tried to enact similar laws restricting abortions, but so far all have been blocked by U.S. courts. The special legal wording of the Texas law, which restricts abortions through civil monetary claims, is the one that allowed it to override a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that guarantees the right to abortion.