A Texas law that would ban most abortions is likely to go into effect on Wednesday after the court canceled a Monday hearing.
“On Friday night, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals canceled a hearing planned for Monday, at which more than 20 abortion providers had hoped to persuade a federal district court in Austin to block the law from taking effect,” the Texas Tribune reported.
“The law, Senate Bill 8, would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected without specifying a time frame, before many women know they are pregnant,” it added.
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Opponents see the law as a virtual ban on all abortions in the state.
“If the restrictions on medication abortion in Texas are enacted and go into effect, as well as the six-week abortion ban, the state will have essentially banned abortion without adopting a comprehensive abortion ban,” Ms. Magazine reported.
“In addition to the six-week ban slated to go into effect on September 1, Texas had enacted a ban in 2017 on D&E (dilation and evacuation), which is the standard method of abortion after approximately 15 weeks of pregnancy. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals last week upheld that ban; this is the first time that a federal court has done so. (The ban has not yet gone into effect.)” it added.
The controversial law may go into effect, but may not last long. A number of legal challenges are planned to block the law’s impact, but it may stand for the moment, offering a win for the pro-life cause.