Judge orders Texas to suspend new law banning most abortions
October 7, 2021
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.