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A federal judge has officially blocked Texas controversial 6 week abortion ban!
As we previously reported , the Department of Justice filed an emergency order asking for a temporary halt on the new Texas law that bans abortions past six weeks.
According to CBS News, in its filing, the new law known as S.B. 8; prevents “women from exercising their constitutional rights and violates the 14th amendment.”
“It is well-settled that the Fourteenth Amendment prevents states from banning abortion before a fetus is viable,” the filing said. S.B. 8 has that effect, it is unconstitutional under binding precedent.”
As of Wednesday evening US District Judge Robert Pitman granted a request from the Justice Department reports CNN. “From the moment S.B. 8 went into effect, women have been unlawfully prevented from exercising control over their lives in ways that are protected by the Constitution.”
The department claimed that the previously purposed abortion ban violates the Supremacy Clause, which puts federal law above state law in numerous circumstances. Which can cause “irreparable injures” to the federal government. Now get this: the department argues that S.B. 8 is driving many others to seek abortions outside Texas by stating, “overburdening out-of-state clinics and creating backlogs for residents of other states seeking care.”
Since the Republican Greg Abbott signed the law back in May, Texas and other states passed laws banning abortions in early pregnancy. Heart Beat Bills are laws that seek to ban procedures after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
In the measure, it not only outlaws abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy, it also allows private citizens to bring civil lawsuits against anyone who administers abortion after six weeks or helps the woman access the procedure. If found in violation, you are to pay 10,000 to the person who brought the lawsuit! Yikes.
Though this is an overall victory it has been stated that this may only be a temporary fix.