A federal appeals court panel reinstated the law that bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy while it considers a district judge’s decision.
HOUSTON — A federal appeals court panel reinstated Texas’ restrictive abortion law late Friday, temporarily banning all procedures blocked by a lower court two days ago in a case brought by the Biden administration.
The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in a two-page ruling granting an appeal by the state of Texas, was expected by many abortion providers. While at least six clinics in Texas began performing abortions beyond the limits of the law this week, most of the state’s nearly two dozen providers opted not to move as the matter went to courts.
The law banning most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy came into force in early September. Since then, it has changed the abortion landscape in the country’s second most populous state due to its unique structure, which prevents state officials from enforcing its provisions, leaving it to private citizens instead.