Texas Abortion Law to Remain for Now

Appellate court will let legal challenges play out. 

In a new ruling against the Justice Department, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a 2-1 order allowing a restrictive Texas abortion law to remain in effect, keeping in place a district court injunction while expediting the appeal. 

Under Texas S.B.8, abortions are prohibited after a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around six weeks, and there are no exceptions for rape or incest. Additionally, individuals are allowed to file lawsuits against anyone who aids or abets a prohibited abortion.  

The law went into effect on September 1. The case is expected to make its way to the Supreme Court which has already declined on procedural grounds a request by abortion providers to block the law on that front while legal challenges play out. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the unborn lives saved by the federal appeals court’s ruling to keep the Texas law in effect during the pendency of the legal challenge. 
  • For the Justice Department as it takes action against states that have established laws similar to the one in Texas. 
  • For the justices in the Supreme Court and federal judges hearing the challenges to pro-life state laws.

Sources: Washington Examiner, ABC News 


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