Abortions can resume in Texas after the judge blocked the previous Roe v. Ban. wade



Abortions may resume in Texas after a judge on Tuesday blocked the entry into effect of a nearly century-old ban that the state attorney general’s office said was back in effect after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to procedure nationwide.

Harris County Judge Christine Weems’ temporary restraining order was a last-minute attempt by abortion clinics to resume services after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, 1973, which guaranteed a woman’s right to have an abortion.

The ordinance allows clinics to resume services, for now, in a state where abortion was once limited to just six weeks of pregnancy, under a Texas law that went into effect in September and that the Supreme Court refused to block.

“Every hour that abortion is accessible in Texas is a victory,” Marc Hearron, an attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said on Twitter that he would immediately appeal the judge’s “wrong” decision, saying the pre-Roe laws are “100% constitutional and in effect.” Another hearing has been set for July 12.

The decision came amid a flurry of lawsuits in state courts by abortion rights groups seeking to slow or stop restrictions on a woman’s ability to terminate a pregnancy that are now taking effect, or they should do it, in 22 states.

Source: Terra

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