Federal judge temporarily bars enforcement of Texas ban

A federal judge on Wednesday evening granted the Biden administration’s request to temporarily block enforcement of Texas’ controversial abortion ban.

Why it matters: The ruling means that medical professionals can offer abortions in Texas even after about six weeks of pregnancy without fear of facing a lawsuit by members of the public, at least for the moment.

The Justice Department has sued Texas challenging the constitutionality of the ban.

What they’re saying: “A person’s right under the Constitution to choose to obtain an abortion prior to fetal viability is well established,” U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman wrote in the ruling.

“Fully aware that depriving its citizens of this right by direct state action would be flagrantly unconstitutional, the State contrived an unprecedented and transparent statutory scheme to do just that.”

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