Federal judge blocks Texas’ fetal-heartbeat abortion law

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a Texas law that made it unlawful to receive or perform an abortion after a fetal heartbeat was detected.

Judge Robert Pitman, an appointee of former President Obama, sided with the Biden administration’s Justice Department, which sued the state, arguing Texas’ law ran afoul of constitutional rights of women.

The move blocks the law, known as Senate Bill 8, from being enforced while litigation continues.

During oral arguments on Friday, the Justice Department told the court that Texas’ law unlawfully supersedes women’s constitutional rights.
State of Texas by Amy the Nurse is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

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