The Federal Court of Appeals of New Orleans reintroduces controversial law in Texas that bans most abortions in the state. Entered into force on September 1, the law prohibits abortion once the heartbeat of the embryo is detected, at approximately six weeks pregnancy, i.e. when most women do not yet know they are pregnant. The law was temporarily blocked Wednesday by a Texas federal judge following an appeal by the Biden administration.
“This court will not allow this shocking deprivation of such an important right to continue another day,” the judge wrote in his decision. Abortions beyond six weeks were then resumed in state clinics. The Texas Attorney General, the Republican Ken Paxton, however, appealed to the Federal Court of New Orleans, considered one of the most conservative in the country that has come out in its favor. “Big news tonight,” Paxton tweeted as soon as the appeal decision was released. “I will fight the excesses of the federal government at all times,” he added.
In all likelihood, the US federal government will challenge the appeals court’s decision to Supreme Court of the United States. A decision of the Supreme Court has guaranteed since 1973 – thanks to the emblematic Roe v. Wade ruling – the right of women to have an abortion and specifies that the law applies as long as the fetus is not vital, that is, 22 weeks of pregnancy. In recent years, laws comparable to those in Texas have been passed by a dozen other conservative states and sentenced in court for violating that law.
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