The Texas abortion law signed into legislation by the Republican majority has been blocked by a federal judge, albeit temporarily. In a late Wednesday hearing, the judge, Robert Pitman of Austin in a 113-page ruling declared that the law was an ‘offensive deprivation’ of a right to make the decision.
“From the moment (the law) went into effect, women have been unlawfully prevented from exercising control over their lives in ways that are protected by the Constitution,” The ruling read.
The Texas abortion law is considered a life-saving or cruel piece of law depending on which side of the political sphere you are from.
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The law titled, ‘fetal heartbeat’, is an abortion ban immediately after a heartbeat is detected in the fetus, without any exemptions or special cases. It disregards victims of rape or incest, including anyone pregnant for over 6 weeks to be banned from the abortion procedure. Furthermore, it puts the onus on everyone as private individuals can use the law to sue anyone who “aids and abets”.
This pause or temporary blocking of the Texas abortion law might not be it as the Republicans previously involved have taken the debate into public forums. Despite the law being banned in multiple states including Georgia and Kentucky before this, Republicans continue to push the bill forward.
The Biden administration is suing the Texas government over the law aiming for a complete ban, while the supreme court declined to intervene.
“The Court finds that abortion is a safe and common medical procedure, based on the credible declarations of abortion providers founded on their education and experience.” Read the ruling by a federal judge, Pitman.