(Nation World News) — A Texas state court has issued a temporary restraining order against some local and state officials that prevents them from enforcing a nearly century-old abortion ban in the state.
For a short time, the order will allow some Texas clinics to resume the procedure up to about six weeks into the pregnancy. A separate Texas law banning abortion will go into effect in the coming weeks.
Tuesday’s temporary restraining order will last until July 12, according to the Harris County Prosecutor’s Office. The court has scheduled a hearing for that day.
The providers filed suit Monday against a handful of local district attorneys whose jurisdiction includes the locations of some of their clinics, as well as some state officials, including Attorney General Ken Paxton, who play a role in enforcing the law. can perform.
“This decision will allow abortion services to resume in many clinics across the state, connecting Texans with essential health care,” Mark Herron, senior counsel for the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement. “Hourly abortion access is a win in Texas.”
Earlier, Paxton issued a notice on Friday following a US Supreme Court ruling telling local prosecutors he could prosecute under the pre-row law.