A federal judge in Texas has blocked the state’s controversial and restrictive new abortion law that bans the procedure in nearly all cases.
U.S. District Judge Robert Pittman’s ruling means that medical professionals can offer abortions again in the state after about six weeks of pregnancy, without being sued by members of the public.
“This court will not allow another day of this aggressive deprivation of such an important right,” Judge Pittman said in the ruling.
The judge’s order temporarily halted the Texas law, which sparked outrage across the country, as Joe Biden’s Justice Department attempted to overturn it.
The Republican-pushing law, which went into effect on September 1, bans abortions after the detection of a heartbeat and makes no exceptions for rape or incest.
At six weeks of pregnancy, many women do not even know that they are pregnant.
Lawyers for the Texas Attorney General’s office said in a hearing last week that the state would appeal such an order to the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which is considered the most conservative in the country.
That court had previously allowed the Texas abortion ban to go ahead.
The US Supreme Court, which stunned pro-election campaigners for refusing to block the law, may eventually injunctive and rule the law itself.
The Justice Department had argued that the law should be blocked during court cases because of its impact on women in the state, who now have to travel long distances to find abortion clinics.
Texas law, which prohibits access to abortion that violates Roe v Wade, also allows private citizens to sue doctors or anyone else who is believed to have broken it and per se illegal procedure. To receive a payment of $10,000.
In the wake of a law passed in Texas, US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Justice Department was bringing a lawsuit because it was designed “to prevent women from exercising their constitutional rights by thwarting judicial review as much as possible”. had gone.
During the hearing of the case, Justice Department attorney Brian Netter called the law an “unprecedented scheme of vigilant justice” that must be abolished.
Judge Pittman, who lives in Austin, was appointed by former Democratic President Barack Obama.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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