U.S. Judge Blocks Enforcement of Near-Total Abortion Ban in Texas

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked a near-total ban on abortion in Texas, the toughest such law in the United States, in a challenge brought by President Joe Biden’s administration after the U.S. Supreme Court had allowed it to go into effect.

The action by U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman in Austin prevents the state from enforcing the Republican-backed law, which prohibits women from obtaining an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, while litigation over its legality continues. The case is part of a fierce legal battle over abortion access in the United States, with numerous states pursuing restrictions.

“This Court will not sanction one more day of this offensive deprivation of such an important right,” Pitman said in the ruling.

Reuters

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