(Washington) A federal judge in Texas on Wednesday temporarily suspended a controversial law banning majority abortions in the state.
“In its judgment that the State of Texas may appeal, this Court will not allow such an important right to continue one more day,” Judge Robert Pitman wrote.
According to the ruling, the law supported by the Republican Party of Texas can no longer be temporarily enforced.
U.S. Secretary of Justice Merrick Garland said in a statement that “Texas and the rule of law are a victory for women.” “We will continue to defend the constitutional rights of all those who undermine them.”
Texas Act, 1st came into forceThere is In September, abortion is prevented as soon as the fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks pregnant, when most women are not known to be pregnant. This does not make an exception in the event of sexual intercourse or rape, but only in the event of a medical emergency.
In recent years, comparable laws have been passed by a dozen other conservative states and have been attacked for violating the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction in court. It guarantees the right of women to have an abortion until the 22nd week of pregnancy, when infertility is not possible.
But Texas text has a unique device: it “exclusively” entrusts citizens with the task of taking action by encouraging women to file complaints against organizations or individuals who assist in illegal abortions.
The Supreme Court, which has a clear majority of Conservative judges, rejected these “new practical questions” a month ago, blocking legislation sought by abortion rights defenders.
The federal government then entered the legal arena, sparking its interest in upholding the constitutional rights of Americans.
“For more than a month, Texans have lost the opportunity to have an abortion because it should never be practiced,” Alexis McGill Johnson, president of the Family Planning Parent Organization, responded in a statement.
MMe McGill Johnson said he hoped the decision would allow clinics to resume abortions, while recalling that “war” was “far away.”
“Although the court decision allows us to sigh with relief, the threat of abortion ban in Texas remains looming over the state,” said Brigitte Amiri, defense of the ACLU for Civil Rights. “We already know that the politicians behind this law will not stop until abortion is completely banned.”
Instead, a group of anti-abortion activists Susan P. Anthony List condemned the decision of the “unelected judge” that “the people of Texas have spoken through their elected officials and want to protect children around the world.”
Democrat leader Joe Biden promised a “immediate response” from his government in September, ordering them to find “measures to ensure safe and legal abortions for women in Texas.”
Last week, tens of thousands of women demonstrated in the United States to defend their right to abortion. “Wherever you are, this fight is on your doorstep today,” Alexis McGill Johnson said in Washington.
“Prone to fits of apathy. Introvert. Award-winning internet evangelist. Extreme beer expert.”