The judge rejects the DOJ’s proposal to block the Texas abortion law

A federal judge denied a request from the Justice Department to block the enforcement of the controversial Texas abortion law.

“[T]his case presents complex and important legal issues that deserve a full opportunity for the parties to file their positions in court, “U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman wrote in a one-page decision Thursday.” Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that the United States “The opposing motion for an expedited information schedule (Dkt. 13), be denied.”

The Justice Department had asked the judge to grant a temporary restraining order or a restraining order in an effort to prevent the state from enforcing the law that effectively bans all abortions in Texas, banning the procedure for about six weeks from now. ‘pregnancy.

The DOJ argued that the bill, signed into law by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, “would prevent women from exercising their constitutional rights.” The DOJ cited the Supreme Court, which ruled that “a state cannot prohibit any woman from making the final decision to terminate a pregnancy before it is viable.” New Texas law prohibits abortions even when many women know they are pregnant.

The DOJ also argued that Texas had “an unprecedented scheme that seeks to deny women and providers the opportunity to challenge SB 8 in federal court. This attempt to protect a clearly unconstitutional law from review cannot be supported. “.


The ruling comes two weeks after the Supreme Court voted in a 5-4 decision to let Texas law remain in effect, denying an urgent appeal by abortion providers to suspend the law until legal challenges may be filed.

The new law went into effect on September 1st.

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