Texas abortion law to remain in effect while constitutionality is decided
A panel of three federal appellate judges voted 2-1 in favor of allowing Senate Bill 8 – Texas' new abortion law which prohibits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy – to remain in place while the bill makes its way through the appellate court system.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton applauded the court's ruling in a tweet that said, "The Fifth Circuit has ruled on our side – a testament that we are on the right side of the law and life. I’ll continue to fight back against the Biden Administration’s lawless overreach."
But not everyone was as pleased as Paxton. Following the ruling, the Texas Tribune reported that Helene Krasnoff, the vice president for public policy litigation and law for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, denounced the court's decision.
“Yet again, the Fifth Circuit has shown that it is unwilling to take action to stop the immense harm Texans are facing or to protect Texans’ constitutional right to abortion,” Krasnoff said.
The Department of Justice has yet to comment on the court's most recent ruling.
Next, the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments from the Justice Department regarding its challenge to SB-8.
Arguments over SB-8's constitutionality have been tentatively scheduled for the week of December 6.
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