The 5th Court of Appeals late on Friday night temporarily restored Texas’ ‘heartbeat’ abortion law after an Obama-appointed judge suspended the law earlier this week.
U.S. District Judge of the U.S. District Court of Texas, Robert Pitman, an appointed Obama who on Wednesday called the Texas abortion law an “offensive deprivation.” order.
The ‘Heartbeat’ Act effectively prohibits abortions in the state after 6 weeks and also gives every citizen – including those outside Texas – the right to take legal action against anyone who terminates a pregnancy after the cut-off point.
A panel of three judges laid an administrative adjournment on a federal judge’s order and gave the DOJ until Tuesday to respond.
CBS News reported:
A Texas law banning abortions as early as six weeks after pregnancy could continue for the time being, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals said late Friday. The verdict comes two days after a federal judge temporarilythe state to enforce the law by means of a provisional order.
The decision comes hours after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a motion asking the court to either suspend the provisional order or suspend it while considering the first request.
A panel of three judges granted the second request and placed an administrative adjournment on the order while considering Texas’ larger argument. The Department of Justice now has until Tuesday to respond to the Texas motion.