Texas moves to revive country’s toughest abortion law

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Austin, Texas Texas called on the Federal Court of Appeals on Friday to quickly revive the most restrictive abortion law in the United States. Until this week, it had banned most abortions in the state from early September.

The request returned a Texas law, known as Senate Bill 8, to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which had previously allowed sanctions to go ahead.

Even after US District Court Judge Robert Pittman suspended the law on Wednesday, many Texas doctors refused to perform abortions, putting them at legal risk. I’m worried it might happen. As a result, Texas abortion services, which had about 20 clinics before the law went into effect on Sept. 1, are far from normal even when the law is pending.

The law bans abortion in Texas, usually for about six weeks, when cardiac activity is detected, and is enforced only through civil proceedings against abortion providers. It’s a new approach that helps Texas survive its initial waves of legal issues.

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“We cannot be held responsible for civil submissions that Texas has no power to withhold,” said Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office, “because the state has not enforced the law.” Was told.

His office asked the court to take action by Tuesday.

Pittman called the law an “aggressive deprivation” of constitutional rights to abortion. The proceedings were filed by the Biden administration and warned that other GOP-controlled countries could move to adopt similar measures unless the Texas law is withdrawn.

It is unknown how many abortions a Texas clinic has performed in the short period of time since the law was struck down. As of Thursday, at least six abortion providers were preparing to resume normal service, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights.

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Prior to Pittman’s brutal page 113 order, other courts refused to suspend a law banning abortion before some women knew they were pregnant. It includes the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court allowed us to proceed in September without deciding the constitutionality of the law.

One of the first providers to resume normal service was Whole Women’s Health, which operates four clinics in Texas.

“Actually, there is hope from patients and staff, and I think that hope is a little desperate,” Whole Women’s Health president Amy Hagstrom Miller said Thursday. “Thorn knows this opportunity may be short-lived.”

Texas law states that citizens who have the right to collect $10,000 in damages for successful proceedings against abortion providers who violate restrictions as well as those who help women obtain abortions. assigned for execution only. The Republican Party has enacted a law that allows retroactive proceedings if the ban is overturned by one court but subsequently reinstated by another court.

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Hagstrom Miller said a Texas clinic called Thursday to list some patients if the law was blocked at some point. A few days ago other appointments were scheduled and the phone line was busy again. However, despite the judge’s orders, some of the clinic’s 17 doctors refused to perform abortions, fearing they might be held responsible.

Pittman’s order was the first legal setback for Senate Bill 8, which had faced previous challenges. In the weeks after the restrictions went into effect, Texas abortion providers said the effects were “just what we were afraid of.”

Pittman, in his opinion, put Texas on duty.

“Ever since SB8 came into force, women have been illegally prevented from managing their lives in a manner protected by the Constitution,” said Pittman, who was appointed to the bench by former President Barack Obama. I am writing

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Abortionists say their fears have come true within a short time after the law came into force. According to Planned Parenthood, the number of patients at clinics in Texas has dropped by about 80% in the two weeks since the law went into effect.

Texas clinics are now in danger of closure, while some healthcare providers struggle with a rise in patients who have to drive hundreds of miles to get abortions in neighboring states. I said that. Other women are forced to carry on their pregnancies to maturity, he says.

It is unknown how many abortions have occurred in Texas since the law came into force. State health officials say the September data will not be available on the website until early next year due to additional reporting requirements under the law.

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A 1992 decision of the US Supreme Court banned the state from prohibiting abortion at 24 weeks of gestation before viability, which is the time the fetus can survive outside the womb. However, the Texas version has so far overtaken the court as it forces citizens to file proceedings instead of prosecutors. Critics say it deserves the award.

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Associated Press writer Jamie Stengel contributed from Dallas.

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