A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Texas to suspend its new law banning most abortions.
U.S. District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Robert Pitman, an Obama appointee called Texas’ abortion law an “offensive deprivation” in his order.
The “heartbeat” law effectively outlaws abortions in the state after 6 weeks and also gives any citizen – including those outside Texas – the right to take legal action against anyone who ‘aids and abets’ the termination of a pregnancy after the cut off point.
Judge Pitman blasted Texas Republicans in his 113-page opinion.
“From the moment S.B. 8 went into effect, women have been unlawfully prevented from exercising control over their lives in ways that are protected by the Constitution,” wrote Pitman.
“That other courts may find a way to avoid this conclusion is theirs to decide; this Court will not sanction one more