Tallahassee, Fla. ( Associated Press) — The Texas Supreme Court on Friday night blocked a lower court order that allowed clinics to continue with abortions just days after some doctors resumed treating patients. Lowered.
It was not immediately clear whether Texas clinics that resumed seeing patients this week would suspend services again. The hearing is to be held at the end of this month.
Clinics in Texas turned patients away, rescheduled them, and now potentially reschedule their appointments—all in the space of a week—within the U.S. Painted the turmoil across the country since the Supreme Court’s decision. joined in.
Earlier this week a Houston judge ordered some clinics to temporarily resume abortions for pregnancies up to six weeks old. Soon after, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton petitioned the state’s Supreme Court, which has nine Republican judges, to temporarily suspend the order.
“These laws are confusing, unnecessary and cruel,” Mark Herron, an attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights, said Friday night after the order was issued.
Last week the US Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade and abolished the constitutional right to abortion.
Lawyers for the Texas clinics provided a copy of Friday’s order, which could not be found on the court’s website.
Abortion providers and patients across the country are struggling to navigate the changing legal landscape around abortion laws and access.
In Florida, a law banning abortion after 15 weeks of gestation went into effect on Friday, a day after a judge called it a violation of the state’s constitution and said she would consider an order temporarily blocking the law next week. will sign. The ban would have wider implications in the South, where Florida has wider access to the procedure than neighboring states.
In Kentucky, abortion rights have been lost and reclaimed within a matter of days. A so-called triggering law banning abortions almost outright went into effect last Friday, but a judge blocked the law on Thursday, meaning only the state’s two abortion providers can resume care for patients. ,
The legal wrangling for Americans seeking abortion is almost certain to continue in the near future, with court rulings likely to end access at any time and the influx of new out-of-state patients to providers at an enormous number.
Even when women travel outside states where abortion is prohibited, they may have fewer options for terminating their pregnancies in the event of prosecution.
This week, Planned Parenthood of Montana stopped providing medical abortions to patients living in states with restrictions “to reduce the potential risk to providers, facility staff and patients in a rapidly changing landscape.”