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Court Rules Texas Heartbeat Law Can Remain in Place While Litigation Continues

News Staff : Oct 15, 2021  CBN News

"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." -Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office tweet

[CBN News] A federal judge ruled against the Biden administration on Thursday and said Texas' heartbeat abortion law can remain in effect while the Justice Department pursues its lawsuit against the state. (Image: Pexels)

The tough abortion law was first struck down last week by a federal district judge only to be reinstated within two days by a panel from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The 2-1 decision on Thursday marks the third time the conservative-leaning 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals has sided with Texas' request to keep the law in place while litigation continues. The panel also agreed to hear oral arguments in the Justice Department's lawsuit against the lone star state. Oral arguments have yet to be scheduled and it could be months before they take place.

The Justice Department can now ask for an emergency appeal from the Supreme Court to overturn the circuit court's ruling.

Planned Parenthood denounced the 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," Helene Krasnoff, vice president for public policy litigation and law for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America said in a statement. "The Fifth Circuit is now complicit in the scheme of S.B. 8 to deprive Texans access to abortion."

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office applauded the ruling.

"The Fifth Circuit has ruled on our side—a testament that we are on the right side of the law and life," the office tweeted Thursday night. "I'll continue to fight back against the Biden Administration's lawless overreach."

The Texas law is the nation's toughest abortion restriction. It bans the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks of pregnancy, when many women don't even know they are pregnant. The law makes no exception for women or children who are victims of rape or incest.

According to the measure, citizens can sue abortion providers who violate it and collect $10,000 in damages. Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here







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