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Appeals Court Lets Texas Continue to Enforce Near-Total Abortion Ban

Added 10-15-21 12:40:04am EST - “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reaffirmed its reversal of a lower judge's ruling that blocked the law while the federal courts weigh its constitutionality.” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “Appeals Court Lets Texas Continue to Enforce Near-Total Abortion Ban”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reaffirmed its reversal of a lower judge’s ruling that blocked the law while the federal courts weigh its constitutionality.

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court said on Thursday that a near-total ban on abortions in Texas can remain in effect while the courts decide whether the law violates the Constitution.

The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit kept in place its own previous order last week that had temporarily allowed the law to be enforced again after a federal district judge had blocked it.

The decision, which was 2 to 1 by a three-judge panel, is expected to be appealed to the Supreme Court.

The Texas law bans abortions when cardiac activity is detected, at around six weeks of pregnancy, and makes no exceptions for rape or incest, making it one of the strictest in the nation.

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