A federal judge ruled in favor of a temporary hold to a newly enacted law in Texas that outlaws abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, adding a new twist in the battle over the nation’s most restrictive abortion law.
“From the moment S.B. 8 went into effect, women have been unlawfully prevented from exercising control over their lives in ways that are protected by the Constitution,” U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman wrote in the ruling, according to The Associated Press.
“That other courts may find a way to avoid this conclusion is theirs to decide; this Court will not sanction one more day of this offensive deprivation of such an important right,” he added.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton quickly announced the state will appeal the ruling.
“We disagree with the Court’s decision and have already taken steps to immediately appeal it to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals,” Paxton tweeted Thursday.
“The sanctity of human life is, and will always be, a top priority for me,” he added.
We disagree with the Court’s decision and have already taken steps to immediately appeal it to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The sanctity of human life is, and will always be, a top priority for me.
— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) October 7, 2021
The legal battle may also take a new turn in December. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a Mississippi pro-life case that has the potential to overturn Roe v. Wade and return laws regarding abortion back to the states.