Austin, Texas.– Texas today asked a federal appeals court to immediately restore the state’s abortion law when some clinics that perform abortions resume normal services for the first time since early September.
Republican state attorney Ken Paxton made the request two days after an Austin judge suspended SB8, which prohibits abortion if the heart is detected in the fetus, which is common. Occurs six weeks after pregnancy.
Her office is seeking an emergency order overturning a ruling Wednesday by District Judge Robert Putman, who called Texas law an “aggressive deprivation of the constitutional right to abortion.”
The appeal was filed before the 5th Federal Court of Appeal. Circuit, which previously allowed the law to be enforced.
According to the Center for Reproductive Rights, at least six abortion clinics in Texas began regular service after the law was passed.
Many Texas physicians are still reluctant to terminate a pregnancy, fearing that doing so could put them at legal risk.