Tuesday’s implementation of the state’s pre-Roe v. Wade ban on abortions was temporarily halted by a judge in Houston, Texas, Fox News informed.
After the American Civil Liberties Union sued the state, claiming that the pre-Roe abortion prohibition was “repealed and unenforceable,” the Harris County judge imposed a temporary restraining order.
The law is distinct from the “trigger law” for abortion that Texas approved in 2021 and is scheduled to go into effect in about two months.
Last week, Attorney General Ken Paxton outlined how the trigger statute is written to go into effect 30 days after a ruling by the US Supreme Court overturning Roe.
Despite the Court’s opinion being released on Friday, the official ruling is not anticipated to be delivered for another 25 days, which means the trigger law will be effective two months from now.
Due to a pre-Roe legislation that essentially outlawed all abortions, which the ACLU is appealing, Paxton stated in a statement that Texas abortion doctors might still face criminal charges in the interim.
The ACLU contends that the statute cannot be utilized to make abortion illegal in the two months before the trigger law goes into effect because it has been effectively revoked for decades.
According to the ACLU, access to abortion has been severely restricted throughout the southern United States. If the plaintiffs are successful in stopping enforcement of the pre-Roe restriction, some abortion doctors in the state may resume providing care for pregnancies as early as six weeks.
Fox News Digital sent a comment request to Paxton’s office, but they didn’t respond right away.
Up until a hearing on July 12, when the judge will decide whether to prolong it, the temporary restraining order prevents the prohibition.
The decision was made a day after a different court in Louisiana temporarily stopped the abortion trigger law there from going into force.
In such a case, the lawsuit asserts that the legislation’s implementation date is excessively ambiguous.
Apart from Louisiana and Texas, ten other US states have these abortion trigger laws on the books.