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Federal Appeals Court Allows Texas to Keep Restrictive Abortion Law in Place as Case Proceeds

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

What Happened:

  • On Thursday, a three-judge panel in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 in favor of granting Texas' request to keep its new more restrictive abortion law in place as the court case proceeds.

  • A Federal Judge had previously ordered Texas to suspend its new, more restrictive abortion law.

  • The law, which was signed by Republican Governor Greg Abbott back in May, prohibits abortions once cardiac activity is detected, typically about six weeks for most pregnancies. The law also allows private citizens to file lawsuits against violators which has led many abortion service providers to be very wary of breaking the new law. It does not provide exemptions for victims of rape or incest.

  • Planned Parenthood clinics have seen nearly an 80% decrease since the law took effect and many neighboring states are having a surge of new patients from Texas.

  • The case is expected to be appealed to the Supreme Court.

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