Texas abortion ban temporarily blocked by judge

Posted 42 days ago


A judge in Houston, Texas, temporarily blocked the state's pre-Roe v. Wade ban on abortion from taking effect Tuesday.

The Harris County judge issued a temporary restraining order after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the state arguing that the pre-Roe abortion ban was "repealed and unenforceable." The law is separate from the abortion "trigger law" Texas passed in 2021, which is expected to take effect in roughly two months.

Attorney General Ken Paxton explained last week that the trigger law is written to take effect 30 days after a U. S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe. While the Court issued its opinion on Friday, the official judgment is not expected to come down for roughly 25 days, meaning the trigger law will take effect in two months.

Paxton announced in a statement that Texas abortion providers could still face criminal penalties in the interim due to a pre-Roe law banning virtually all abortions, and it is that law the ACLU is challenging.

The ACLU argues that the law... (Read more)