Texas Appeals Ruling Blocking Anti-Abortion Law

Texas appealed a court order handed down Wednesday that temporarily blocked the state from enforcing an abortion law that went into effect last month. “We disagree with the Court’s decision and have already taken steps to immediately appeal it to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, wrote on Twitter Thursday morning. “The sanctity of human life is, and will always be, a top priority for me.” Within hours of the ruling, Texas notified the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that it will challenge the judge’s order, setting the stage for the next phase of the legal battle. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pitman, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, sided with arguments filed by the Biden administration in blocking enforcement of the law, known as Senate Bill 8. Texas lawmakers, he said, designed a scheme to bypass what he described as constitutional …

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