In a ruling filled with harsh criticism of Texas lawmakers, a federal judge appointed by former President Barack Obama has shelved the Texas “heartbeat” abortion law.
The law banned abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, which generally is when a fetal heartbeat can be heard.
Unlike other laws that have tried to ban abortions in this fashion, the Texas law relied upon private citizens to enforce the law by reporting violations by abortion providers through lawsuits aimed at the providers.
The law, known as S.B. 8, took effect on Sept. 1 after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to stop it. Multiple pro-abortion groups attacked the law, and the Biden administration’s Justice Department filed to have the law blocked.
On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge