The US District Judge Robert Pitman denied on Thursday the DOJ’s motion to grant a temporary restraining in an effort to block Texas from enforcing its controversial new abortion law, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Judge Pitman wrote his one page decision that the ‘case presents complex, important questions of law that merit a full opportunity for the parties to present their positions to the Court’.
His ruling comes two weeks after the Supreme Court’s decision denying an emergency appeal from abortion providers to stay the law until legal challenges can be brought, allowing the Texas law, signed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, to remain in force.
US Department of Justice asked for temporary restraining order or injunction arguing that the 6-week ban on abortions the law envisages infringes on the constitutional rights of women and violates the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, according to which federal laws supersede state laws.
It also cited the Supreme Court, which ruled that a State may not prohibit any woman to terminate her pregnancy before viability, also arguing that Texas has an unprecedented scheme to prevent women and providers from challenging the law in federal court.