Federal Judge Orders Texas to Suspend Restrictive Abortion Law
On Wednesday, Federal Judge Robert Pitman ordered Texas to suspend its extremely restrictive abortion law.
Said Judge Pitman, Republican lawmakers have “contrived an unprecedented and transparent statutory scheme” to deny patients their constitutional right to an abortion.
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.
Planned Parenthood clinics have seen nearly an 80% decrease in the two weeks after the law took effect. Meanwhile, neighboring states are having a surge of new patients.
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