Judge temporarily suspends contested strict Texas abortion law

A federal judge in the United States has decided that a Texas state law that makes abortion almost impossible should be temporarily suspended. The law came into force at the beginning of September and stipulates, among other things, that women should stop having abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy. It is the most stringent abortion law in the United States.

President Joe Bidens government considers the abortion law to be unconstitutional and has therefore taken Texas to court. That judge must test the constitutionality. Until that happens, the Texas law should not be enforced, Judge Robert Pitman decided.

The Supreme Court refused to declare the law illegal before the law came into force by a majority of five to four judges, but did not rule on constitutionality. There is a majority of conservative judges in the Supreme Court due to several appointments made by previous President Trump.

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The law led to a lot of protest in America and internationally. Under Texan law, abortion is only legal at the time when a heart rate cannot be detected. Usually its around the sixth week of pregnancy. Some women dont even know theyre pregnant at the time. The law also does not allow pregnancies that result from rape and incest to be broken down.

In addition, people who support an illegally declared abortion can face a substantial fine. This is not only about doctors, but also, for example, people who take a woman to an abortion clinic or provide mental support. They have to pay $10,000 to whoever reported them to the authorities. Critics say that there will be a bounty on the head of emergency workers, which is meant to intimidate.

Roe v. Wade

The Biden government has opposed the law several times. Reference is made to the famous Roe v. Wade lawsuit, which the U.S. Supreme Court dealt with in 1973. Since then, it has been stipulated nationwide that women in America should be able to undergo legal abortion until the 24th week of pregnancy.

Many conservative states are fighting Roe v. Wades ruling, strengthened by the conservative majority in the Supreme Court. December serves a Mississippi State case that seeks to ban abortion after fifteen weeks of pregnancy. Mississippi asks the Supreme Court to reverse the ruling in Roe v. Wade.

80 percent less abortions

Judge Robert Pitman took an advance on the ruling of his colleague judge who should consider the constitutionality of Texan law: โ€œOther courts may find ways to circumvent this conclusion. But this court does not allow the offensive denial of such an important right for a day.โ€

It is questionable whether the temporary suspension of the law changes a lot in Texas in practice. Doctors are afraid of being prosecuted for what they do during this period, should the law come into force later.

According to nonprofit organization Planned Parenthood, abortions have fallen by 80 percent since the law entered into law. Texas abortion clinics are therefore threatened with closure, while clinics in surrounding states cannot cope with the influx of women from Texas.