Texas’s attorney general office vowed to appeal a court order that blocks the state’s “Heartbeat” law on Oct. 6.
Federal Judge Robert Pitman temporarily blocked legislation that bans abortion after a fetus heartbeat is detected–roughly six weeks into pregnancy. This came despite the rule saving more than 3,000 unborn babies since taking effect on Sept. 1.
“The state of Texas including its officers, officials, agents, employees and any other persons or entities acting on its behalf, are preliminarily enjoined from enforcing [the] Texas Health and Safety Code,” Pitman, one of former President Barack Obama’s appointees, said in his ruling.
The 113-page document recommends halting the Texan law until separate federal legal challenges, between pro-life advocates and leftists, have run their course.
The White House welcomed the ruling as an important step toward restoring women’s constitutional rights throughout the Lone Star State.
State representatives now plan to appeal the decision.
“We disagree with the court’s decision and have already taken steps to immediately appeal it to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) said on Twitter. “The sanctity of human life is, and will always be, a top priority for me.”
We disagree with the Court's decision and have already taken steps to immediately appeal it to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) October 7, 2021
The sanctity of human life is, and will always be, a top priority for me.
Pro-life group Texas Right to Life, which lobbied for the legislation in question, was “not surprised” by Pitman’s ruling.
“This is the legacy of Roe versus Wade: judges catering to the abortion industry, crafting a conclusion first and then searching the depths of legal literature for a rationale later,” the organization said on Twitter.
We are not surprised by Pitman's ruling.— Texas Right to Life (Text ProLife to 40237) (@TXRightToLife) October 7, 2021
This is the legacy of Roe v. Wade: Judges catering to the abortion industry, crafting a conclusion first & then searching the depths of legal literature for a rationale later. (1)
The Biden administration has always opposed the pro-life rule. The U.S. Department of Justice sued the state of Texas about a week after the law took effect, and sought a temporary injunction to suspend the law.
One point of contention is the legislation lets private parties sue abortion providers and anyone else who “aids or abets” an unlawful procedure.