Appeals court temporarily reinstates Texas abortion law

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The move comes two days after a district court judge temporarily blocked the law that relies on the prospect of private lawsuits to enforce a ban on abortions at about six weeks of pregnancy.

Women protest against Texas’ restrictive abortion law at the Capitol in Austin, Texas. | Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP

By MYAH WARD

10/08/2021 10:10 PM EDT

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A U.S. court of appeals has temporarily stayed the injunction on the Texas abortion law while it reviews the state’s request to restore the near-total abortion ban “as soon as possible.”

The temporary stay means that Texas courts can proceed with cases under the new Texas abortion law, known as S.B. 8, while the appeals court considers Texas’ motion.

The move comes just two days after U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman temporarily blocked the Texas law that relies on the prospect of private lawsuits to enforce a ban on abortions at about six weeks of pregnancy. The preliminary injunction, which immediately prohibited Texas state court judges and clerks from accepting suits under S.B. 8, was issued earlier this week in response to a suit brought by the Biden administration.

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