Judge orders Texas to suspend new law banning most abortions

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Texas to suspend the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S., which since September has banned most abortions in the nation’s second-most populous state.

The order by U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman is the first legal blow to the Texas law known as Senate Bill 8, which until now had withstood a wave of early challenges. In the weeks since the restrictions took effect, Texas abortion providers say the impact has been “exactly what we feared.”

But even with the law on hold, abortion services in Texas may not instantly resume because doctors still fear that they could be sued without a more permanent legal decision.

Texas officials are likely to seek a swift reversal from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which previously allowed the restrictions to take effect.

The law, signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in May, prohibits abortions once cardiac activity is detected, which is usually around six weeks, before some women even know they are pregnant. To enforce the law, Texas deputized private citizens to file lawsuits against violators, and has entitled them to at least $10,000 in damages if successful.

The lawsuit was brought by the Biden administration, which has said the restrictions were enacted in defiance of the U.S. Constitution.

The Biden administration argued that Texas has waged an attack on a woman’s constitutional right to abortion. The GOP-engineered restrictions were signed into law by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in May and took effect Sept. 1.   Read more..

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  1. In a perfect world, pregnancy would be entirely voluntary. But also, there would be no scarcity and no war and no conflict; we would all be just one great big happy family with a never ending source of food, dessert and recreational drugs and of course, sex, sex to your heart’s content and only as long as it feels good, then you’re outta there, willy nilly. But in my life, things have not turned out that way – there have been consequences. And so where this is leading is that that idyllic life described above is possible, but not in the way that seems most convenient. That other way is to follow a script and that script lays down, in great detail if you care to look, every single action, its benefits and consequences. And guess what, if everybody follows the same script, presto, idyllic life. Somehow, I don’t think mankind, much less Americans, will ever get there, but I think it is worthwhile knowing where the departure point is. One other point. Somebody has to make law. It can be either God or man. My own observation has been, judging from the present conditions in the United States, that man ain’t so good at it.