State Plans To Appeal After Federal Judge Blocks Texas Six-Week Abortion Ban

Abortion rights supporters gather to protest Texas SB 8 in front of Edinburg City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in Edinburg, Texas. The nation's most far-reaching curb on abortions since they were legalized a half-century ago took effect Wednesday in Texas, with the Supreme Court silent on an emergency appeal to put the law on hold.(Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP)

The state plans to appeal a federal judge’s ruling on Wednesday that temporarily blocks enforcement of a Texas law banning most abortions.  U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman of Austin said the law is “flagrantly unconstitutional” and that judges and court clerks in Texas can no longer enforce it.  An hour later, the state notified Pitman of its plan to appeal to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.  The case could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court, which earlier declined to prevent the law from taking effect on September 1st.

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