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US court allows Texas to resume ban on most abortions

By AFP

WASHINGTON: A US federal appeals court ruled Friday, October 8, 2021, that Texas could resume its ban on most abortions, two days after another court suspended the ban.

The New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling temporarily set aside Wednesday’s ruling, effectively reinstating a ban on most abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually at around six weeks. .

On Wednesday evening, U.S. District Judge Robert Pittman issued a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the Texas law.

In a scathing opinion, Pittman called the Texas law “unconstitutionally unconstitutional,” saying it violated the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which ensured a woman’s legal right to an abortion. did.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, immediately appealed that decision, and the appeal was accepted Friday evening.

“Good news tonight,” Paxton tweeted shortly after the verdict. “I will fight federal encroachment at every turn.”

Laws prohibiting abortion have been passed in other Republican-led states, but courts overturned them because they violated Roe v. Wade.

The decision came as some Texas clinics began performing abortions for the first time since the law went into effect in September.

The “Texas Heartbeat Act” allows members of the public to sue doctors who perform abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, or anyone who helps facilitate the procedure.

He could be rewarded up to $10,000 for starting prosecutors, alleging that the law encourages people to act as vigilantes.

The law makes no exceptions for victims of rape or incest.

Part of a broader conservative campaign to ban abortion across America, the law has prompted a public backlash.

Over the past weekend, thousands of women took to the streets in cities across the country to claim their reproductive rights.

Advocates for a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy have called on Congress to protect the right to abortion in federal law to protect it from any potential reversal by the Supreme Court.

A bill to this effect was adopted two weeks ago in the Democratic majority House of Representatives, but has no chance of passing the Senate where Republicans have enough votes to block it.

If the High Court reverses Roe v. Wade, every state would be free to ban or allow abortion.

This would mean that 36 million women in 26 states — nearly half of American women of reproductive age — would potentially lose their legal right to an abortion, according to a Planned Parenthood report.

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