The Texas rule prohibiting abortions after a fetal heartbeat has been found will be reinstated following the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ issuance of a temporary stay.
The decision was made after U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman granted a temporary restraining order against the bill on Wednesday. “This Court will not sanction one more day of this offensive deprivation of such an important right,” wrote Pitman, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama, The Blaze reported.
“Great news tonight, The Fifth Circuit has granted an administrative stay on #SB8. I will fight federal overreach at every turn,” tweeted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
The abortion law has been reinstated as a result of the appeals court judgment, pending further legal action. However, Pitman described the regulation as an “offensive deprivation” of the constitutional right to an abortion in a previous ruling.
Paxton told Fox News on Friday, Oct. 8, that he believes the appeal will be successful. According to the Texas attorney general, one of the most substantial grounds in its favor is that the statute “was passed by the elected representatives of the state of Texas.”
The law makes it illegal to perform abortions once an unborn child’s heartbeat has been detected, except for medical emergencies.
People can file civil lawsuits against offenders, and the law provides that if a claimant wins, the court must award statutory damages of at least $10,000.
The law, which went into force in September, has caused widespread debate across the country. While the law represents an evident success for the pro-life movement, abortion supporters have slammed it.
“The heartbeat law was saving an estimated 100 lives every day,” pro-life campaigner Lila Rose, the founder and president of Live Action tweeted Friday night.
BREAKING: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed Judge Pitman’s injunction blocking the Texas heartbeat law.— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) October 9, 2021
The law is 100% back in effect.