AUSTIN, Texas (WNN) – A federal judge on Friday will consider whether Texas can leave the most restrictive abortion law in the US, which has banned most abortions since September and from other borders in the country. Women have been sent to run to take care of the beyond. Largest state.
A lawsuit filed by the Biden administration Texas seeks to deliver the first legal blow against legislation known as Senate Bill 8, which has so far faced an initial wave of challenges – including from the US Supreme Court allows it to remain in force.
“Abortion care in our state has almost completely stopped,” Texas abortion provider Dr. Ghazaleh Moedi told the US House Oversight and Reform Committee during a hearing on abortion access Thursday.
Law Prohibits Abortion in Texas Once cardiac activity is detected, usually around six weeks, some women find out they are pregnant. Since the law went into effect on September 1, abortion providers say it’s “exactly what we feared” Describing Texas clinics have become reality, which are now in danger of closure while neighboring states struggle with a surge of patients Now driving hundreds of miles from Texas. He says other women are being forced to conceive.
US District Judge Robert Pittman of Austin will hear debate on Friday whether to temporarily block the Texas law, the nation’s biggest curb on the constitutional right to abortion in half a century.
The Justice Department has urged the court to act swiftly, but it is unclear how quickly Pittman will make a decision.
It’s also unclear how quickly any of Texas’ nearly two dozen abortion clinics will resume normal operations if the law is set aside. Texas officials will likely seek a swift reversal from the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which previously allowed the sanctions to take effect.
The Texas law is just one that is setting up the largest trial of abortion rights in the US in decades.
On Monday, the US Supreme Court began a new term that will include arguments in Mississippi’s bid in December The historic Roe v. guaranteeing a woman’s right to an abortion. Wade’s decision was reversed.
Last month, the court ruled on the constitutionality of the Texas law not allowing it to remain. But abortion providers took that 5-4 vote as an ominous sign of where the court, bolstered by former President Donald Trump’s three appointments with its conservative majority, may move on to abortion.
Other states, mostly in the South, have passed similar laws banning abortions within the early weeks of pregnancy, all of which have been blocked by judges. But one wrinkle for Texas’ version has so far overtaken the courts: Enforcement is left to private citizens, not prosecutors.
Under Texas law, anyone can file a lawsuit against not only abortion providers, but also those suspected of helping a woman having an abortion after cardiac activity is detected. The person bringing the lawsuit is entitled to damages of at least $10,000 if they prevail, which critics say is the equivalent of a reward.
The Texas Attorney General’s office argued in court filings this week that even if the law is temporarily halted, providers could still face the threat of litigation over violations that could take place in the time between a permanent decision. It is possible.
“The federal government complains that the Heartbeat Act is difficult to effectively enforce,” the state wrote in objection to the lawsuit by the Biden administration. “But there is no requirement that a state write its own laws to easily incorporate them.”
At least one Texas abortion provider has admitted to violating the law. and prosecuted — but not by abortion opponents. Former attorneys in Illinois and Arkansas say they sued the San Antonio doctor in hopes of getting a judge who would invalidate the law.