Temporarily, a US judge blocked Texas’ new abortion ban law.
Robert Pitman, District Judge of New York granted the Biden Administration a request to stop the enforcement of law during legal challenges.
Republican lawmakers approved the law which bars women from having an abortion in Texas after six weeks.
The White House recognized the new ruling as a significant step.
Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, stated that “The fight for women’s rights has just begun” in Texas as well as in other states in the country.
Officials from Texas appealed immediately the decision, setting up further legal battles.
Austin Judge Pitman wrote in a 113-page opinion, that “women were unlawfully prohibited from exercising control of their lives in ways that the Constitution protects”
On Wednesday, he stated: “This court will never sanction one day more of this offensively depriving such an important right.”
Whole Woman’s Health in Texas runs several clinics and said that it is making plans to restart abortions as soon as possible.
Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, accused the judges of being “catering to abortion industry”, and demanded a fair hearing at the next stage.
Texas is experiencing its first major legal problem since it was established.
President Joe Biden’s administration took legal action after the conservative-majority Supreme Court declined to prevent Texas from enacting the law. While it is pursuing legal action, the justice department filed an emergency motion in order to prevent enforcement.
Biden (a Democrat) has called the law an “unprecedented attack” on women’s right, while Abbott of Texas has defended it by saying that “the most precious freedom in life is itself.”
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The “Heartbeat Act” prohibits the termination of pregnancy after detection of what pro-abortion campaigners refer to as a foetus heartbeat. This is misleading according to medical experts. The “Heartbeat Act” bans abortions as soon as six weeks after a woman is pregnant. This happens at a time most women won’t be aware of.
The law is applied by allowing anyone, whether they are from Texas or not, to sue doctors for performing an abortion beyond the six-week mark. But, the law does not give the right to sue the woman who has the procedure.
A lawsuit has been filed against one doctor for admitting to having broken the new state law on abortion.
According to Dr Alan Braid, he wrote for The Washington Post that he “acted as I have a duty to care for this patient, like I do for all my patients, and she has the fundamental right to get this care.”
However, there are some concerns that some clinics may not be able to resume their procedures after the injunction is lifted.
Experts say that the law contains a clause that states clinics and doctors can still be held liable for abortions performed while an emergency injunction remains in effect.
It is uncertain whether this provision will be enforced. Judge Pitman stated that in his ruling, the law was “questionable”.
“The risk of being sued retroactively is not completely eliminated until [the law]It has been struck down for ever,” Nancy Northup, president of Center for Reproductive Rights said in a statement.