AUSTIN, Texas — Texas may continue to ban most abortions after a federal appeals court Thursday rejected the Biden administration’s attempt to roll back a new law that has become the nation’s largest abortion ban in nearly 50 years.
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The ruling keeps Texas law in place, which has banned abortions since early September, usually around six weeks, when heart activity is detected. No exceptions are made in cases of rape or incest.
Since then, Texan women have called abortion clinics in neighboring states, driving in the middle of the night, including patients younger than 12 years old.
5. The new U.S. Court of Appeals decision expands on a previous order that allowed Texas law, now known as Senate Bill 8, to remain in effect. It marks the third time the conservative-leaning appeals court has sided with Texas and allowed restrictions to continue.
In a 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel of the court agreed with Texas’ request to keep the law in place.
This marks another setback in the efforts of the Justice Department and Texas abortion providers to derail the law; this has prevailed until now due to a unique structure that leaves the law to private citizens. Anyone who successfully sues an abortion provider for violating the law is entitled to at least $10,000 in damages, which the Biden administration says is a reward.
Despite numerous legal objections before and after the law took effect on September 1, a court only suspended the restriction once, lasting only 48 hours.
During this short period of time, some Texas clinics rushed to offer abortions to patients past six weeks, but many more appointments were canceled after the 5th cycle took action to quickly reinstate the law.
There were about two dozen abortion clinics in Texas before the law was enacted, and some may be forced to close if restrictions continue for longer, operators said.
The stakes for the future of abortion rights in the US in the coming months are already high. In December, the neoconservative majority in the Supreme Court ruled that Mississippi’s landmark Roe v. Wade will listen to his offer to reverse his decision .
A Supreme Court decision in 1992 prevented states from banning abortion before viability, the point at which a fetus can survive outside the womb at approximately 24 weeks of pregnancy. But Texas’ version has so far outstripped the courts as it hands over the sanction to private citizens.
Texas Right to Life, the state’s largest anti-abortion group, set up a hotline to receive allegations against abortion providers, but did not file any lawsuits.