Texas’ six-week abortion ban is back in effect after a federal judge briefly suspended it this week.
On Friday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted Texas’ request to lift an injunction against enforcement of the near-total abortion ban.
U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman had issued the injunction blocking the law on Wednesday at the request of the Biden administration’s Justice Department, which sued to halt enforcement of the abortion ban last month.
“From the moment S.B. 8 went into effect, women have been unlawfully prevented from exercising control over their own lives in ways that are protected by the Constitution,” Pitman wrote in his 113-page ruling blocking the law.
“This Court will not sanction one more day of this offensive deprivation of such an important right,” the judge wrote.