US estimate pauses Texas’ restrictive abortion ban but state will allurement

A federal estimate has ordered Texas to suspend a new law that has banned most abortions in the state since September (Picture: AP)

A federal estimate has issued an order blocking Texas’ restrictive six-week abortion ban – but the battle isn’t over as the state plans to take the matter to an appeals court.

In the decision on Wednesday, US District estimate Robert Pitman granted a request from the Department of Justice to block SB 8. The law which went into effect on September 1 bans abortions after a heartbeat can be detected, which is usually six weeks into pregnancy.

‘From the moment SB 8 went into effect, women have been unlawfully prevented from exercising control over their lives in ways that are protected by the Constitution,’ Pitman wrote.

‘That other courts may find a way to avoid this conclusion is theirs to decide; this Court will not sanction one more day of this offensive deprivation of such an important right.’

Hours after Pitman’s decision, Texas officials made it clear in court filings and public statements their intention to allurement.

‘We disagree with the Court’s decision and have already taken steps to closest allurement it to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals,’ Texas’ Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted on Thursday morning.

‘The sanctity of human life is, and will always be, a top priority for me.’

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