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Judge orders Texas to suspend new law banning most abortions


October 7, 2021

Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman via AP

Women protest against the six-week abortion ban at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 1.

AUSTIN, Texas - A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Texas to suspend the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S., which since September has banned most abortions in the nation's second-most populous state.

The order by U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman is the first legal blow to the Texas law known as Senate Bill 8, which until now had withstood a wave of early challenges. In the weeks since the restrictions took effect, Texas abortion providers say the impact has been "exactly what we feared."

In a 113-page opinion, Pitman took Texas to task over the law, saying Republicans lawmakers had "contrived an unprecedented and transparent statutory scheme" to deny patients their constitutional right to an abortion.


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